In Summary

  • Liverpool is now trailing second in the EPL title race.
  • Eberechi Eze’s strike marked the 21st time Liverpool have fallen behind in 32 league games this season.

Jurgen Klopp is refusing to give up on the title race despite Liverpool’s 1-0 shock defeat at Anfield to Crystal Palace – which left him feeling “rubbish”.

The Reds boss had promised a reaction after last week’s draw at Manchester United and the midweek Europa League implosion against Atalanta, but his post-match feeling was one of distant dis-consolation after another faltering display that leaves Liverpool two points behind Manchester City.

 

The German puffed his cheeks and shook his head at the final whistle, and was left to bemoan a performance that produced 21 efforts at goal – six on target – without scoring.

“I feel really rubbish,I am standing here and to talk about this game is really tricky.The first half was absolutely not good enough. We lost conviction from the last game [against Atalanta]. We concede the goal, which is a horrible goal. A completely free player in the six-yard box, that cannot happen.” Klopp said.

“It is not about pointing the finger at that or that or that. The solution is being really together on the pitch. Where we are, we got to by being an absolute machine against the ball and that is what we have to be.” He added.

How Liverpool was Pinned

Eberechi Eze’s strike marked the 21st time Liverpool have fallen behind in 32 league games this season and, unlike on many previous occasions, this time there was no coming back. The team’s pressing, once the great strength of Klopp’s Liverpool, was not on point.

“The problems we had in the United games were completely different to the things we had today. Yes, the goals we concede are too easy. That is probably a general thing. The players, me included, expected a reaction.” Klopp said.

 

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