Jurgen Klopp admits to having a “poor game” after Liverpool’s losing at Brighton.
Liverpool were humiliated 3-0 at Brighton and would end ninth in the table if Brentford beat Bournemouth in the day’s final Premier League match.
Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool’s 3-0 thrashing by Brighton was his worst game at Anfield.
Solly March’s brace and Danny Welbeck’s late goal put an end to Klopp’s side at the Amex. Liverpool are now seventh in the Premier League, and if Brentford beat Bournemouth in Saturday’s final game, they will finish the day one spot lower.
Liverpool is having a difficult season under Klopp, having won only eight of their 18 Premier League games. They are seven points behind Newcastle in fourth place. and are in grave risk of failing to qualify for the Champions League next season.
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“Awful, really bad,” Klopp said on Match of the Day on the BBC. “I can’t think of a worse game. Maybe it’s not that difficult. Brighton were the superior team, and their victory was well deserved. They performed admirably. It was a well-organized team vs a poorly organized team.
“We gave the ball away, the spaces were too big and we couldn’t press up. That is certainly unacceptable, especially against a team as well-drilled as Brighton.
“They became more confidence, while we did the opposite. I’m sure they’re overjoyed because it was a fantastic performance and we made it too easy in too many places. I had a thought to and are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League football next term. “Bad, really bad,” Klopp told the BBC’s Match of the Day. “I can’t remember a worse game. It’s not difficult maybe. Brighton were the better team, it was well deserved. They played really well. It was a very organised team against a not very organised team. “We gave the ball away, the spaces were too big and we couldn’t push up. That is obviously not good, especially against a super well-drilled side like Brighton. “They got more confident and we did the opposite. I can imagine they are very happy because it was a great performance and we made it too easy in too many moments. I had an idea to change the formation which was to try help the team. That was the idea. “But we never did it properly. We were always a bit in between and that’s the worst thing you can do. We could have done better but we didn’t and that’s why I looked the way it did. We need to be creative with the options we have. What I saw today from my team was that they were not really convinced by it. That’s it.” Klopp was then asked what’s going wrong, to which he replied: “How can you explain that? The same players played outstanding football matches but if things aren’t properly organised then it can look like that. We were always a bit late and things like this. “If you don’t win key challenges and lose the ball too easily they are the two worst things that can happen in football. There is no formation that can solve that.” At the conclusion of Saturday’s game, Klopp was seen apologizing to Liverpool fans. The Reds thought they had turned a corner after winning four straight Premier League games in November and December, but they have now lost back-to-back games after being defeated 3-1 by Brentford earlier this month.
Liverpool have demonstrated in recent seasons that they are capable of stringing together long winning streaks, but they must find form sooner rather than later if they are to finish in the top four. In seven days, they will face Chelsea in the Premier League.
Klopp was also questioned if he was worried. “Yeah, how can you not be after a game like this?” he said. I can’t stand here and say it didn’t happen.