Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits his side is not in the title race with the current form following the 1-0 loss to Brighton.
Liverpool suffered their second successive home defeat to Brighton on Wednesday evening thanks to Steven Alzate's second-half strike. The Reds, who are seven points behind leaders Manchester City, having played one game more will take on Pep Guardiola's men over the weekend.
"The gap to City ... I am the manager of Liverpool and so I have to say we want to be champions, and of course we do, but you need games for it and we need performances for it and we don’t have that," said Klopp after Brighton defeat.
"We will fight for three points, it is not decided who will get the three points on Sunday, but we have to play better and we will try. These gaps are not interesting at the moment. They are the result of the results we had already. What we can influence is the next game. Tonight it was not enough. We know that and we have to change that."
"Brighton rightly won the game, deservedly won it. They were fresher than us, they did more good things than we did and we lost too many easy balls. The best way to defend Brighton is to keep the ball and then you have control. We didn’t create a lot, and for me the team looked mentally fatigued tonight."
"That leads to not the best play as well. It was a tough week travelling to London and back twice. We were not fresh enough which means we were not good enough to break the formation of Brighton and in the end, they scored a goal and had other chances. They deserved to win."
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