Liverpool fell to a damaging defeat to top four rivals Chelsea on Thursday, which leaves a serious dent in their hopes for Champions League football next season.
The result also means they have lost five consecutive home games for the first time in the club’s history (via OptaJoe)
After the game, Jurgen Klopp gave his thoughts on his side’s disappointing performance. “You saw the game, it was a tight one, it was a close one, it was an intense one. We forced them to make mistakes, they forced us to make mistakes."
"They used one, we didn't use ours."
Liverpool did not turn up in the first half, and Chelsea took full advantage. The Reds were let off the hook as Timo Werner’s goal was chalked off after a marginal offside decision.
However, just before half time, Mason Mount fired in a vicious strike to put the visitors ahead.
"The individual quality of Mason Mount in that moment made the difference. It was a tight game, intense game. Both teams invested a lot. That is it pretty much.” (Sky Sports)
Despite slight improvements after the break, the second half proved as frustrating as the first. Liverpool failed to pose any threat in the final third, with only a single shot on target all game.
“The second half another counter attack, we had more situations around, the great one with Sadio Mane and other situations where we did not score.” This now means Klopp’s side remain 7th in the table and four points off the top four. One positive that can be drawn from an otherwise sobering night is Diogo Jota’s long-awaited return from injury.
Following another stale performance from Liverpool’s front three, keeping him fit could prove pivotal in the club’s success this season.
"It is a massive blow. It is not done yet. We have to win football games."
“It is tough. We have to fight through this.”