Jurgen Klopp (Getty Photos)
Brighton condemned Liverpool to their 2d straight Premier League dwelling defeat on Wednesday, winning 1-0 to leave the champions with a mountain to climb if they’re going to help their title.
Jurgen Klopp’s males regarded as if it may perchance bear changed into the corner with impressive victories at Tottenham and West Ham after a five-match winless speed.
But defeat to lowly Brighton at Anfield leaves them in fourth save, seven functions unhurried leaders Manchester City, who additionally bear a game in hand and scrutinize more and susceptible to accept their third title in four years.
Liverpool’s 68-game unbeaten dwelling speed within the Premier League changed into once ended by Burnley closing month and as well they bear now misplaced consecutive league games at Anfield for the first time since 2012.
Troublingly for Klopp, his facet bear didn’t attain in three consecutive dwelling league games for the first time since 1984.
Graham Potter’s males performed their game conception to perfection, snuffing out Liverpool’s dangermen and offering a risk up entrance.
The correct aim of the game came within the 56th minute courtesy of a Steven Alzate strike.
Klopp, who have to prepare his team for the daunting task of facing Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday, acknowledged his team bear been no longer mentally contemporary.
“The correct explanation now may perchance well be that we are a fatigued team, mentally more or much less,” he counseled BT Sport. “That ends in no longer essentially the most freshness to your legs.
“We had our moments however they deserved to accept.”
He added: “The correct thing we can procure is use the things that occur and learn from them. The answer is constantly the gamers. It has been a troublesome week and tonight it changed into once no longer sufficient. City are flying and we bear to win solutions.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson changed into once again drafted into central defence within the absence of any of the club’s senior centre-backs, with original signing Ben Davies on the substitutes’ bench.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker changed into once absent due to the illness, meaning Caoimhin Kelleher made finest his 2d Premier League appearance, and forward Sadio Mane changed into once additionally missing.
Liverpool loved the majority of possession within the early phases however in-invent Brighton bear been organised at the help and pushed forward when they may perchance.
Mohamed Salah had a golden likelihood to present Liverpool the lead within the outlet minutes when he collected a prolonged ball from Henderson however build aside his shot over the bar.
Salah provided an occasional risk down the handsome however Liverpool regarded quick of tips within the ultimate third when confronted with the massed blue shirts of Brighton.
The in-invent company had a chance to accept the lead midway thru the first half when the ball fell to Dan Burn after Neal Maupay’s shot changed into once blocked however he skied over from terminate differ.
Klopp’s males went in at half-time having didn’t muster a single shot on aim.
The 2d half fashioned up just like the first, with Liverpool probing however having a sight quick of inspiration.
As an different it changed into once Brighton who took the lead with the game’s first shot heading within the correct direction.
Burn, on the left facet of the Liverpool field, headed a damaging-subject ball help one day of aim and Alzate combined with Leandro Trossard to book the ball into the net.
Klopp threw on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi for Georginio Wijnaldum and Xherdan Shaqiri as he sought a manner help into the match.
Salah flashed a left-footed shot over after Trent Alexander-Arnold fizzed a ball one day of the sphere and Adam Webster produced a amazing, muscular hassle to cease the Egypt forward in his tracks.
But Brighton bear been restful threatening at the different live. Kelleher saved smartly from Pascal Unpleasant and Trossard additionally compelled a attach.
The end result lifts Brighton to 15th within the desk, 10 functions obvious of the relegation zone.
“It be no longer a easy save to procure functions,” acknowledged Potter. “They’re a high team. We’re acceptable making an strive our finest on this league.
“Every game we face a expansive task. It be one for the supporters and everybody serious about the club. It be rarely a club like us near right here and accept.”