Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his facet have been “not recent sufficient, mentally and bodily” as Brighton consigned them to a second straight house defeat.
Steven Alzate scored the one objective of the sport to inflict additional harm on the Reds’ faltering title defence.
They’re now seven factors behind Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis, having performed a sport extra.
“It has been a very powerful week with two away video games, two very intense video games,” stated Klopp.
“We regarded actually like we weren’t recent sufficient, mentally and bodily.
“There have been quite a lot of moments the place we gave the ball away too simply, in moments the boys regarded drained mentally. I do know they will cross the ball from A to B nevertheless it did not occur. We made it straightforward for Brighton, however in addition they did rather well.
“Brighton deserved to win, little doubt about it. For me, it is extra vital to search out a proof for why we misplaced this sport and perceive what occurred right here tonight. We did not look convincing.”
After going 68 video games with no league defeat at Anfield, Klopp’s facet have now additionally misplaced back-to-back video games there, with Wednesday’s consequence coming two weeks after the 1-0 house loss to Burnley.
It was a deserved loss to the Seagulls too, with Graham Potter’s facet having extra pictures, extra pictures heading in the right direction and creating the higher probabilities.
“The one clarification now could be that we’re a fatigued staff, mentally kind of,” added Klopp, chatting with BT Sport. “That results in not the utmost freshness in your legs.
“The one factor we are able to do is use the issues that occur and study from them. The answer is all the time the gamers. It has been a troublesome week and tonight it was not sufficient. Metropolis are flying and we have now to search out options.”
Wednesday’s sport was Liverpool’s eighth for the reason that flip of the 12 months, the identical quantity as Brighton. Manchester Metropolis have performed 10, as have second-placed Manchester United.
‘Because it stands, we’re not within the title race’
The consequence leaves the Reds fourth within the desk, behind each Manchester golf equipment and third-placed Leicester Metropolis.
“We have been vastly disappointing all around the park,” defender Andy Robertson instructed BT. “It’s important to give [Brighton] credit score for taking part in nicely. They created probabilities, pressed us – did every little thing we needed to do. When you do not present up you aren’t getting outcomes.
“We put together for each sport totally different. It is simply not clicking. We have to discover a strategy to get outcomes, particularly at house. You are able to do every little thing in coaching.”
Liverpool can get their title defence again on monitor on Sunday, after they face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester Metropolis at Anfield (16:30 GMT kick-off).
“Any sport in opposition to Manchester Metropolis is a giant one,” added Scotland captain Robertson. “As this second stands, we’re not within the title race. We’re seven factors behind them and so they have a sport in hand.
“I am certain they’d say the identical in the event that they have been probably 10 factors behind. We have to get again to the Liverpool everybody is aware of.
“We’re nonetheless staff. We do not flip into a nasty staff in a single day.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Metropolis received 2-0 at Burnley to make it 9 wins on the bounce within the Premier League and 13 in all competitions.
When requested about Liverpool’s title credentials and the significance of Sunday’s sport, Guardiola stated: “After all [Liverpool] are a contender on the finish to be champions, however it’s for 3 factors, like immediately.
“We’ve got received six video games in a row in opposition to groups in decrease positions within the desk. We all know precisely how powerful it was to win with many of those golf equipment. We needed to do our greatest.
“Now come totally different groups, various kinds of play. Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, West Ham, the Champions League, United. It is one other powerful group of video games.
“In the present day, we get pleasure from this sport after which tomorrow we take into consideration Liverpool.”