Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp described Thursday’s 1-0 residence loss to Chelsea as a “massive blow” as his aspect set an undesirable membership document of 5 successive residence league losses.
A sixth Premier League defeat of their final 9 video games left the champions in seventh spot and going through the prospect of ending exterior the highest 4 having waltzed to the title final season.
The extent of Liverpool’s frustration was there for all to see when high scorer Mohamed Salah was substituted simply previous the hour — the Egyptian clearly baffled by the choice as he took his place on the bench shaking his head.
Whereas accidents to key gamers have contributed to Liverpool’s demise, the shortage of depth of their play is mystifying and Klopp regarded deflated on Thursday.
“Sadly, we can’t say it is just at residence,” Klopp mentioned. “It isn’t about Anfield or no matter, it is generally, too usually. Within the decisive moments now we have to enhance.
“We now have to indicate our high quality in these second and we don’t do that usually sufficient. “It’s a massive blow. It isn’t executed but. We now have to win soccer video games.”
What was particularly galling for Klopp was that Chelsea supervisor Thomas Tuchel masterminded a show nearly straight out of the Klopp textbook — excessive urgent, relentless work price, quick ahead passing and braveness in each bins.
Chelsea additionally had the very best participant on the pitch in Mason Mount whose first-half objective proved sufficient to ship his aspect fourth.
“The person high quality of Mason Mount in that second made the distinction,” Klopp mentioned. “It was a tight recreation, intense recreation. Each groups invested a lot. It’s important to defend in a different way and we didn’t do properly there.”
Liverpool did match Chelsea within the second half however they by no means actually regarded like equalising and the very fact they solely had one try on course mentioned all of it.
Liverpool defender Andy Robertson mentioned the group’s common spirit was missing.
“5 residence video games with out a win, that’s nowhere close to adequate,” he mentioned. “Nothing goes to assist the followers at residence and it’s merely not adequate as a result of video games are working.
“Too many heads are taking place once we go 1-0 down, we will’t do this. Soccer is about taking knocks. We will’t depend on the previous. Final season is over with, it’s executed.
“We now have nowhere close to been adequate to what a Liverpool group must be.”