Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side was not mentally fresh after going down to Brighton on Wednesday night.
The loss means that Liverpool slipped to a second successive defeat at Anfield after not tasting defeat at home for 68 games with the record broken by Sean Dyche’s Burnley less than two weeks ago.
Since then, the Reds have shown signs of getting back on track, putting in good displays against Spurs and West Ham, only to be brought back to Earth with a bang against a well-drilled Brighton side.
Speaking after the game, Klopp told BT Sport: “We played against really good opposition, that’s clear. We looked mentally not fresh. They deserved to win.
“We wanted to play better and more convincing. We lost too many balls in promising situations. I know the boys can play pass A to B but today B did not seem reachable. We had a really tough week. Brighton is a football-playing team.
“We were not fresh tonight and that’s when you have to find a way. Each player can play better than they did tonight. I know them, it’s not because they didn’t want to. Something else must be the reason. If we make too many chances we lose rhythm. That leads to the situation where Brighton beat Liverpool and deserve it.”
The loss saw The Reds fall seven points behind leaders Man City with the Pep Guardiola side having a game in hand; the two sides set to meet at Anfield at the weekend.