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Premier League: Klopp sees himself “at rock bottom” with Liverpool

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It just doesn’t work at Liverpool FC. Jürgen Klopp and his team again conceded a clear away bankruptcy. The Reds slip in the table. And Klopp analyzes relentlessly.

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Jürgen Klopp has not been so frustrated for a long time. After Liverpool FC’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, the coach spoke of a personal low point and found clear words.

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“I can’t remember a worse game,” concluded Klopp. “I honestly can’t remember and I mean all the games, not just Liverpool. That makes it a real low point at the moment.”

In fact, the Reds have scored fewer goals, conceded more and conceded fewer points this season than at the same point in previous seasons under Klopp, who has been in charge since October 2015. “The staff is the same, but this Liverpool team is only outwardly the one that recently chased all four trophies,” said the Telegraph. The “Guardian” even spoke of the “end of an era”.

Injured top stars are no excuse for Klopp

Even Klopp didn’t want to use the excuse that top stars like Virgil van Dijk, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and other players were injured. “Yeah, we’ve got injuries and stuff like that, but listen, the squad we put together today wasn’t bad at all – really,” observed Klopp. “What we made of it was bad. That’s the truth.”

At Brighton, Liverpool lacked everything one would expect from a team that had gone on to win four trophies last season – and won the FA Cup and League Cup. When asked what went wrong at Brighton, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had only one answer: “Everything,” he told BBC Sport.

After the goalless first half, double goalscorer Solly March (46th/53rd minute) initiated Brighton’s victory. “After we were 1-0 down it was clear that one team was ready to play a really good game,” admitted Klopp, “while the other is more of a struggle to get something right.”

Substituting four fresh professionals at once had no effect either. Danny Wellbeck (81st) finally made everything clear for the hosts.

Liverpool slip down the table

Having previously lost 3-1 at Brentford FC, Klopp’s team slipped to ninth place in the Premier League table – behind Brighton (7th) and Brentford (8th). The top of the league, led by Arsenal FC, is miles away, and even the Champions League places are in danger of being out of reach for Klopp’s protégés in this form.

In the current condition, Liverpool can have little hope against Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the premier class. In the League Cup, the Reds are already out of the running. On Tuesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers are threatened with the next setback in the FA Cup replay.

Source: Stern

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