Jurgen Klopp was gracious in defeat as Liverpool suffered a major setback in their title pursuit after losing 1-0 at Anfield against a well-drilled Brighton outfit.
After 68 consecutive league games unbeaten at home, the Reds have now lost their last two, both against struggling opposition.
Klopp on Brighton
Speaking to BT Sport's Des Kelly, Jurgen Klopp gave his assessment of his side's disappointing result:
We played against really good opposition, that’s clear. We also looked mentally not fresh. They deserved to win. We wanted to play better and more convincing. We lost too many balls in promising situations.
After a relatively uneventful first half, Brighton looked the more dangerous side in the second period.
The decisive moment came in the 56th minute. Dan Burn's venture into the box caught Trent Alexander-Arnold napping. He squared it to Alzate, who fortuitously netted his first ever league goal.
Brighton Match Reaction
Klopp: "Each player can play better"
Once again, the Reds were unable to convert their superior possession into genuine chances.
Liverpool's intense week seems to have undoubtedly taken its toll. After playing three games in just six days, the Reds looked lacklustre and unimaginative.
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.
Despite Liverpool's uninspiring performance, Klopp was quick to credit the opposition.
Brighton deserved to win, they played well, they did well. We had our moments but they deserved to win. They are a good football side.
This is not the first time Liverpool have come unstuck against a team like Brighton. West Brom, Burnley and Newcastle have all applied similar blueprints. Frustrating Liverpool's attacking outlet, before catching them on the break.
Eyes Turn To City
After failing to score in over 300 league minutes at home, the Reds now welcome in form Manchester City on Sunday.
It has been a tough week and tonight it was not enough. City are flying and we have to find solutions
Now that Pep Guardiola's side are seven points ahead, this weekend's game is a must win if Liverpool stand any chance of defending their title.
With the pressure on, this could be the game Liverpool need right now to reinstate Anfield as a fortress.