Jurgen Klopp claimed that his Liverpool side were not physically or mentally fresh enough against Brighton on Wednesday.
Liverpool had all of the possession, but they really lacked a cutting edge in attacking areas. Klopp’s side struggled to create many clear cut chances as they only recorded one shot on target over the course of the 90 minutes.
The Seagulls made life difficult for the hosts and they were rewarded for that with the only goal of the game in the 56th-minute.
Nat Phillips’ attempted clearance was knocked into the net by Steven Alzate for his first-ever Premier League goal.
Brighton rode out some late pressure to record their first win at Anfield since 1982. This win moves Graham Potter’s side ten points clear of the relegation zone.
This defeat is Liverpool’s second in a row at Anfield. It is the first time they have lost consecutive home league games since 2012. The Reds are now seven points behind Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s clash at Anfield.
Speaking with BBC Radio 5 Live post-match, Klopp admitted that Brighton deserved to win:
“Disappointed, nothing to smile about really. Tough one to take. A really tough week, two away games, two very intense games and tonight we looked really like we weren’t fresh enough mentally and physically.
“A lot of moments where we gave the ball away too easily, in moments the boys looked tired mentally. I know they can pass the ball from A to B but it didn’t happen, we made it easy for Brighton but they also did really well.
“Brighton deserved to win, no doubt about it. For me it’s more important to find an explanation for why we lost this game and understand what happened here tonight. We didn’t look convincing.
“Nothing good to say about it, it’s over. Whatever set back we have to try and come back. But we make more changes and then we have no rhythm so it’s a problem. This week was hard, we lost our second home game in a row, but we can’t change anything now we have to work with it.”