– Jurgen Klopp has stated that his players are getting fatigued; a reason for their poor show
– Liverpool were handed a stunning 1-0 defeat at home by Brighton in the Premier League
– The loss means the reigning England kings are now seven points behind leaders Man City
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has decried their home loss against Brighton in the Premier League on Wednesday night, February 3.
Steven Alzate found the back of the net in the 56th minute after a mix-up by the Liverpool defence handing the reigning kings yet another defeat.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has not scored a goal in three consecutive league matches at home for the first time since October 1984, with the Reds’ goalless run at Anfield currently standing at 348 minutes.
Klopp admits his side are no longer in the title race.
He said via Sky Sports:
“For me the team looked, and it’s long ago since we looked like this, but we looked fatigued, mentally fatigued. That leads to not the best legs as well.
“It was a tough week and today we were not fresh enough, and that means then not good enough to break the formation of Brighton.”
Klopp also pointed to the recent form of Brighton, who have now picked up 10 points from their last four games and registered back-to-back scalps with this win following another over Tottenham by the same scoreline last Sunday.
It will now remain a long second-half of the season for the Mersey side as they have confirmed that Joel Matip has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign due to an ankle ligament injury.
The 29-year-old German suffered the setback after colliding with Heung-Min Son during the Reds’ 3-1 triumph over Tottenham late last month and was subsequently substituted at half-time.
He joins the duo of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez who are out for a long period of time with Jurgen Klopp using make-shift defenders to fill the void.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Marcus Rashford has stated that Man United will not be distracted by the current form of their Premier League rivals Man City and Liverpool in the title race.
The Red Devils were ruthless against Southampton at Old Trafford as they put nine goals past the Saint Mary’s based outfit.
United now have 44 points, going level with league leaders Man City but their goal difference has risen to +19, the same as Liverpool and just five behind their city rivals.