Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp put the responsibility of their 1-0 defeat to Burnley upon himself after identifying how and why his side are currently struggling.
Liverpool’s near four-year unbeaten league run at Anfield came to a screeching halt in tepid fashion.
The Reds entered the contest in poor form after going winless in their last four. Despite that, hopes were high they would rediscover their groove despite Klopp’s pre-match press conference hinting he did not have the answers to the questions his side are currently facing.
Changes were sprung to the starting line-up, with both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah afforded a rare seat on the bench.
Liverpool boasted vast quantities of possession, but after Divock Origi spurned a golden chance, could not find the cutting edge required to unlock a stubborn Burnley defence.
With the game seemingly heading for a draw, a rare mix-up between Fabinho and Alisson Becker gifted Burnley a match-winning opportunity from the spot.
Ashley Barnes kept his composure from 12 yards to inflict more misery on Liverpool’s faltering title defence.
Speaking to the BBC’s Match of the Day after the match, Klopp said: “Everything, all the English words, massive, massive punch in the face or whatever, it’s my responsibility, that’s the easy explanation.
“We had the ball a lot, created some and didn’t finish the situations off. That keeps the game open and then they get the penalty – Alisson told me he didn’t touch him, but I didn’t see it back.
“It’s wrong decisions in the moment, three crosses in the box, we tried to find a player, didn’t, it’s my job to make sure the boys are in the right position, that they feel right.
“It’s a tough one, not easy to explain, These boys are not the kind of person after a 7-0 to think we’ll go like this, they worked tonight hard and it didn’t happen, if something doesn’t work you have to try harder, more often, longer. It was not easy to lose that game and we did it.
“It’s not about blaming, we have to sort it together and we will. In football you don’t have a lot of time. We tried a lot, in some moments the right things and some not. That’s the problem. You have to break the wall down by trying, in the right mood. We had chances.
“We can’t imagine the title race at the moment.”
Wijnaldum refutes common confidence claim
Georginio Wijnaldum also spoke to the press, telling Sky Sports: “A really tough one. Before the game we had good intentions to play against Burnley. We wanted to play good possession play.
“We created enough to score a goal but unfortunately we couldn’t. We were not sharp enough and they got the penalty.
“We had 100% chances. Now in the situation we are in we are struggling to score. It is difficult to explain.
“People from outside will say we don’t have confidence. I still think we do. You shoot against the keeper and a lot of chances we get we are not 100% greedy to score a goal. We have to keep on going.
“We have to not think about a tricky moment but perform. The next game is Manchester United and we have to try and win it.”