Following his side’s 0-1 defeat to Brighton at home, Jurgen Klopp has reiterated the presence and effect of fatigue that has prevented his side from reaching the heights they got to last season.
Klopp’s men have not had the best of seasons and saw their 68 unbeaten home run ended by Burnley courtesy an Ashley Barnes goal and have now lost on home soil again to Brighton.
The back to back defeat is the first the club has suffered since 2012 when they were defeated by both Arsenal and Manchester United, and Klopp believes that his team is suffering from fatigue.
Liverpool who were without goalkeeper Alisson Becker (out due to illness) were dealt a massive blow as Steven Alzate struck for the Seagulls to deny the hosts the maximum points.
Speaking after the game, the German admitted that their opponents deserved the win as they were more fresher and did more good things than his side but there is the element of fatigue that is affecting the legs of his players as well.
“First and foremost, Brighton won the game and rightly so, [it was] deserved. They were fresher than us tonight and did more good things than we did, Klopp said. We lost too many easy balls.
“The best way to defend Brighton is to keep the ball, to play football yourself and when we did that, we had control at least but didn’t create a lot. I said now plenty of times in all the interviews outside, for me the team looked tonight – and it’s long ago we looked like this – fatigued, mentally fatigued and that leads to not the best legs as well.
“It was a tough week and today we were not fresh enough, that means then [not] good enough to break the formation of Brighton. In the end, they scored a goal, had other chances, we kind of as well, but they scored and that’s why they deserved to win.
Jurgen Klopp’s next task will be to prepare his team adequately for Sunday’s encounter against Manchester City who they trail by 7 seven points, with Guardiola’s men still having a game in hand.
Pep Guardiola’s men have turned the corner in recent weeks and have won their last 13 games in all competitions prior to Sunday’s fixture and will provide a tough test for the defending champions.
The Liverpool boss is aware of the task at hand and has said his side needs to play better and fight for the three points on Sunday.
“The gap to City, I know, I’m manager of Liverpool and I have to say [because] you always ask and we were champions last year, so I have to say, ‘Yeah, oh my God, we want to be champions…’ Yes, we want [that], but you need the games for it, you need the performances for it, and we don’t have.
“So, that’s the truth as well. We fight for other things, we fight for three points. It is not decided yet who will get the three points on Sunday, so we have to play better and we will try as well. Then we will see.
“These gaps are not interesting in the moment because they are the result of the results we had already. What we can influence is the next games and we will try for that. For tonight, it was not enough – we saw that, we know that and we have to change that.
Klopp also provided injury update on Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, with the former set to be out for more weeks while the latter could be in the squad for Saturday’s encounter.