Klopp’s men have now lost their opening two league fixtures of a calendar year for the first time since 1993.
Liverpool didn’t expect that Brighton would thrash them twice this season. Jurgen Klopp said he “can’t remember a worse game” in his career. The Reds boss apologised and took full responsibility for Liverpool’s defeat to Brighton.
After losing the game at Anfield to same side, Liverpool failed to take revenge of the home-loss when they reached Amex Stadium. Brighton scored three times and Liverpool didn’t score once in full-time. Solly March’s double and a late volley from substitute Danny Welbeck assured victory for the Seagulls.
“There was no moment in the game where we could get a little lift and go from there and the outcome is horrible to watch,” said the Liverpool manager.
“Everybody with a Brighton shirt on or a Brighton heart enjoyed the game a lot and I don’t think anybody with a Liverpool heart enjoyed it for a second. I have nothing good to say about this game.
“It’s my job to make the right line-up, to set up the right tactics, a lot of things.
“I’m not sure if it’s because the game is still only a few minutes ago but I can’t remember a worse game – and I mean all, not only Liverpool. And that’s my responsibility. That makes it a really low point.
“It’s fully my responsibility because I had an idea with a different formation and that didn’t work out – sorry.”
Liverpool were extremely fortunate to be level at the end of an opening period in which they were pinned back and failed to register a shot on target.
After a 3-1 defeat at Brentford on January 2, Liverpool have now lost their opening two league fixtures of a calendar year for the first time since 1993.
“Congratulations to Brighton, they played an outstanding game,” said Klopp.
“I really thought in moments we maybe made it a little bit too easy for them but in general they played outstanding and we did not.
“The problems are the same as last week (a 2-2 FA Cup draw with Wolves). We don’t win the key battles on the pitch, the key challenges and we give the ball away too easy.
“It’s difficult to organise protection for losing balls you should not lose. This is not easy.”
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