Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool were ‘all over the place’ their dismal draw against Brighton


Jurgen Klopp admitted it was “horrible” watching his Liverpool side concede three goals against Brighton at Anfield.

Though Liverpool preserved their 19-month unbeaten home record having fought back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, Klopp was critical of the way his side then allowed Leandro Trossard a late equaliser to complete his hat-trick and gain a point for the visitors.

‘You need to defending and we didn’t have that,’ he said. ‘We weren’t sitting deep, we weren’t attacking high. We were in between and their players could turn between the lines, it was really horrible to watch.

‘It reminded me a bit of the first part of my time at Liverpool. When we had a situation of only being one goal ahead, everyone was nearly having a heart attack. We were just not convincing.’

Liverpool are mid-table in the Premier League and need to beat Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday to boost their hopes of qualifying from the group.

‘The good part of the story today is we fought back from 2-0 down but that costs energy and the boys had flown in from all around the world.

‘We haven’t had any kind of rhythm but in difficult moments in life and football, you have to fight through. To get momentum back step by step.

‘Our passing game was not good today. It was all over the place. We are under pressure, we do not ignore that. It is clear the confidence levels are not extraordinarily high at the moment.

‘We need to keep going through together. We have to perform more consistently. That is the reality. We will prepare for Rangers. That process starts already from tonight.’

Klopp says Brighton took advantage of his side’s fragile confidence and was surprised by the Seagulls in a game that marked Roberto De Zerbri’s first as Brighton boss.

‘Brighton are a really good football team and a real team. It was a different formation, we were surprised a little bit? Yes a little. But we were already 2-0 down when we adapted from that.

We scored our goals which were the counter-attacks. We could have won but would we have deserved to win? I’m actually not sure. Brighton deserved something.

‘With all the good things we did during the week the confidence is a little flower and when someone stamps on it, it is really difficult. We have to accept it. Of course it is not enough for us but it is what we got.’

The result leaves Liverpool in ninth place, eleven points behind leaders Arsenal who they play next weekend at The Emirates.


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