Jurgen Klopp took accountability for the sudden collapse of Liverpool’s Premier League title defence after their 68-game unbeaten run within the Premier League at Anfield got here to a shocking finish in a 1-0 defeat by Burnley on Thursday. The Clarets started the sport only one place above the relegation zone, however gave their possibilities of beating the drop an enormous increase when Ashley Barnes was tripped by Alisson Becker seven minutes from time after which beat the Brazilian from the penalty spot. Klopp’s males have now did not win in 5 consecutive league video games to slide to fourth in the table, six points behind leaders Manchester United.
Liverpool had not tasted a league defeat at Anfield since April 2017.
Since then the Reds have ended a 30-year wait to win a league title, however their possibilities of repeating that feat are fading quickly after a disastrous run over the previous month.
“We lost the game, which I think is pretty impossible to lose, but we did it,” stated Klopp.
“That is my fault because it is my job so that the boys have the right feelings, like they have the right amount of confidence.”
The champions have been disrupted by a bunch of defensive accidents, however it has been scoring objectives that has price Liverpool of late.
Despite having 72 efforts on objective, the Reds have now failed to attain in 4 consecutive league video games.
“In the final moment our decision making is not right, that’s the problem,” added Klopp.
“We left the game open and we lost the game. I have to say I can’t believe we lost it, but it’s the truth and we have to accept that.”
Klopp reacted to Liverpool’s longest Premier League objective drought for 16 years by dropping high scorer Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino to the bench.
But Divock Origi underlined why the champions have been reliant on their ordinary entrance three when he smashed off the underside of the bar with simply Nick Pope to beat after an uncharacteristic error from Ben Mee.
The Belgian has scored a lot of vital objectives in massive video games for Liverpool, most notably netting twice in a 4-0 Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona two seasons in the past. But Origi has scored only one league objective since December 2019.
Salah and Firmino have been launched to accomplice Sadio Mane early within the second half, however Burnley held out regardless of incessant Liverpool stress.
Pope saved brilliantly from Salah at his close to publish earlier than Firmino confirmed why he has struggled for objectives all season by slicing horribly extensive from Andy Robertson’s inviting cut-back.
Burnley had scored simply as soon as themselves of their final 4 video games.
But Sean Dyche’s males took benefit of indecision within the Liverpool defence when Alisson upended Barnes, who coolly slotted residence Burnley’s first penalty of the season.
“Our shape and our diligence was excellent,” stated Dyche, whose aspect transfer as much as 16th and 7 factors away from the relegation zone.
“I’ve always believed in the side to find a moment. Barnes gets us a penalty — we don’t get many — and slotted it away very well.”
Mee then ensured the guests held on for a primary win at Anfield since 1974 when he diverted one other Firmino effort off the road within the remaining minute.
After Sunday’s 0-0 draw with United, Klopp claimed Liverpool’s focus needed to be on a top-four end and Champions League qualification moderately than the title given their present kind.
The champions might discover themselves down in seventh by the point they’re subsequent in league motion.
After a frightening go to to Manchester United within the FA Cup on Sunday, Liverpool face 5 of the highest seven of their subsequent six league video games, beginning with a visit to Tottenham subsequent Thursday.
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