Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson admits that the defending Premier League champions are not in the title race this season after losing to Brighton 1-0 at Anfield.
Liverpool have lost two back to back games at Anfield following a 68 match unbeaten run, which has left many Liverpool faithful around the world disappointed.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were quite clearly outclassed by the Seagulls last night, who had the better chances of the two and went home with all three points courtesy of a Steven Alzate goal in the 56th minute. Both the manager and Robertson admitted Brighton were the better team last night. In the post-match interview(via TOI), The Scot said :
“Brighton were the better team,”
“We were hugely disappointing all over the park’’
“You have to give the team 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.”
The Scotland international also says that the whole team needs to be much better than they were last night if they are to stand a chance against Manchester City who are already 7 points ahead of them and are flying high with a game in hand.
Liverpool have struggled against the bottom six this season
While the Premier League champions have maintained an extraordinary record against the Premier League traditional top six sides, they have been surprisingly very inconsistent against the bottom six / relegation threatening sides- the same situation Jurgen Klopp faced in his early years as the manager of Liverpool.
Liverpool picked up 33 points out of the 36 points available to them against the bottom six sides last season.
Things however have been the exact opposite for the Merseyside club this season, with the club mustering only seven points and winning only one game in 7 against the bottom six sides.
The injury crisis Liverpool have been going through obviously doesn’t help the situation, but if Liverpool are to finish top 4 this season, Jurgen Klopp’s men need to address this issue and find a solution as soon as possible.
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