Jurgen Klopp took duty for the sudden collapse of Liverpool’s Premier League title defence after their 68-game unbeaten run in the Premier League at Anfield came to a sensational end in a 1-0 defeat by Burnley on Thursday.
The Clarets began the video game simply one place above the relegation zone, however provided their opportunities of beating the drop a huge boost when Ashley Barnes was tripped by Alisson Becker 7 minutes from time and then beat the Brazilian from the penalty spot.
Klopp’s males have actually now failed to win in 5 successive league games to slip to fourth in the table, 6 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Liverpool had actually not tasted a league defeat at Anfield since April 2017.
Surprise: Liverpool suffered a first home league defeat in almost four years to Burnley SWIMMING POOL/ Clive Brunskill
Ever since the Reds have actually ended a 30-year wait to win a league title, however their chances of duplicating that task are fading quickly after a devastating run over the previous month.
” We lost the game, which I think is quite difficult to lose, but we did it,” said Klopp.
” That is my fault because it is my task so that the boys have the ideal feelings, like they have the right amount of confidence.”
The champs have been interfered with by a host of defensive injuries, but it has actually been scoring goals that has cost Liverpool of late.
Low five: Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have actually not won for five consecutive Premier League games SWIMMING POOL/ PETER POWELL
Despite having 72 efforts on objective, the Reds have actually now stopped working to score in four consecutive league games.
” In the final moment our choice making is not right, that’s the problem,” added Klopp.
” We left the video game open and we lost the game. I have to say I can’t think we lost it, however it’s the fact and we need to accept that.”
Divock Origi stopped working to take his chance on a rare Premier League begin SWIMMING POOL/ Jon Super
Klopp reacted to Liverpool’s longest Premier League objective dry spell for 16 years by dropping top scorer Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to the bench.
However Divock Origi underlined why the champs have been reliant on their habitual front three when he smashed off the underside of the bar with just Nick Pope to beat after an uncharacteristic mistake from Ben Mee.
The Belgian has actually scored a number of crucial objectives in huge games for Liverpool, most especially netting two times in a 4-0 Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona 2 seasons ago. However Origi has actually scored just one league goal considering that December 2019.
Salah and Firmino were introduced to partner Sadio Hair early in the second half, but Burnley held out in spite of constant Liverpool pressure.
Pope conserved remarkably from Salah at his near post before Firmino showed why he has had a hard time for goals all season by slicing terribly wide from Andy Robertson’s inviting cut-back.
Burnley had scored simply when themselves in their last four video games.
However Sean Dyche’s guys made the most of indecision in the Liverpool defence when Alisson overthrew Barnes, who coolly slotted house Burnley’s very first charge of the season.
” Our shape and our diligence was excellent,” stated Dyche, whose side go up to 16th and seven points clear of the transfer zone.
” I’ve constantly thought in the side to find a minute. Barnes gets us a penalty– we don’t get many– and slotted it away effectively.”
Mee then made sure the visitors held on for a very first win at Anfield since 1974 when he diverted another Firmino effort off the line in the final minute.
After Sunday’s 0-0 draw with United, Klopp claimed Liverpool’s focus needed to be on a top-four surface and Champions League qualification instead of the title provided their existing form.
The champions could discover themselves down in seventh by the time they are next in league action.
After a daunting see to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday, Liverpool deal with 5 of the top seven in their next six league video games, starting with a trip to Tottenham next Thursday.