Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool were beaten by the better team as he struggled to explain his side’s poor performance in the 1-0 home defeat by Brighton.
The Reds were second best to the Seagulls by some distance at Anfield and were sunk by Steven Alzate’s winner early in the second half.
Liverpool had shown signs of a resurgence in their past two games, winning 3-1 away at Tottenham and West Ham. But they were brought swiftly back to earth by Brighton and find their hopes of defending their league title quickly fading.
It was a result which left Klopp scratching his head during a forlorn post-match interview.
“We played against a really good opposition, that’s clear. I said before the game they are good,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“For us, it looks like this week was too tough because we were not fresh tonight. If you are mentally not fresh then physically, it’s really rare that your legs solve your problems.
“Tonight they didn’t and they have good players, they deserved to win, that’s fine.
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“But we want to play better and more convincing than we did tonight and we lost too many balls in promising situations where we did well.
“I know the boys can play a pass from A to B but tonight B seemed not reachable in a lot of moments.
“At the moment I don’t have a real explanation for it apart from we had a really tough week and playing against an opponent like Brighton.
“Brighton is a football playing team, that’s clear, we knew that and you have to solve that with legs.
“There is no organisation apart from keeping the ball, constantly, which is a better solution but we passed the ball too often to their feet.
“We didn’t create enough, of course. We had a good phase the second half where we really pushed them back and they felt the intensity as well, but they came through and we didn’t come through.”
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