Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool were not at their best against Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea, who recorded a 1-0 win at Anfield on Thursday night.
It was their fifth home defeat in a row, seriously denting their top-four hopes.
Speaking after the game, Klopp was in praise of Mason Mount, who scored the lone goal, a superb strike in the first half.
"Intense game, tight game, one very decisive moment decided the game - the individual quality of Mason, if you want, in that situation decided the game,"
"It was a ball in behind our last line, cut inside and in the end, we don’t defend in the right space because these quality players, they go inside and they want to shoot from there so we don’t have to be on the six-yard box, we have to be there where he wants to finish it off.
"I think we were not there and that’s the goal we conceded, and our situations we didn’t use. That’s pretty much the explanation for the result,"
Liverpool seemed lost for long periods against the Blues, something that has become synonymous with their play in recent weeks, and he revealed his conversation with the team afterward.
"It’s not that we go for any kind of excuses in these moments. So, I think that these games are decided in moments and were always like this and to get these moments back you have to fight, and in some moments you have to fight in a different level as well. That’s what I told the boys,"
Liverpool next play Fulham, before a Champions League clash against RB Leipzig.