Liverpool suffered their second successive home defeat on Wednesday against Brighton to see them fall seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who have played a game less. The reigning champions failed to score for the second time in a row at home, as Steven Alzate’s goal in the 56th minute gave Brighton a well deserved win.
Pep Guardiola’s men visit Anfield on Sunday, and a third successive home defeat for Liverpool will leave them 10 points adrift the table toppers. Having registered back to back wins against West Ham and Tottenham, Liverpool were expected to win against the Seagulls to reduce the gap at the top.
Speaking after the defeat to Brighton, Klopp cited mental fatigue as one of the main reasons for their poor performance. The German added “For me the team looked, and it’s long ago since we looked like this, but we looked fatigued, mentally fatigued. That leads to not the best legs as well.”
“It was a tough week and today we were not fresh enough, and that means then not good enough to break the formation of Brighton.”
“We played against a really good opposition. For us this week looked too tough, we were not fresh, we didn’t look mentally fresh. If you are mentally not fresh, your legs normally sort your problems, but tonight they didn’t.”
“They have a good plan and they deserve to win, but of course we wanted to play better and more convincing than we did tonight.”
“I know the guys can play a pass from A to B, but tonight B did not seem reachable in some moments. I don’t have a real explanation for it, other than we had a really tough week, twice going to London and coming here tonight.”
“We didn’t create enough. They came through and we didn’t come through.“
Andy Robertson’s reaction
The Liverpool left-back claimed the reigning champions are not in the title race following their defeat to Brighton. Having picked up just six points from seven games since the turn of the year, Robertson emphasised the need to defeat Manchester City on Sunday.
The Scotland international added ” Any game against Man City is a big one. As this moment stands, we’re not in the title race. We are seven points behind them and they have a game in hand.”
“You have to give Brighton credit for playing well. They created chances, pressed us, did everything we wanted to do.”
“We didn’t really do anything of note. With a long record of going unbeaten, we’ve lost two. When you don’t show up you don’t get results.”
“We’re still a good team. We don’t turn into a bad team overnight.”