Urgen Klopp has lamented aspects of Liverpool’s display as “awful” after dropping even more Premier League points against Brighton.
The Reds showed great character to come back from 2-0 up to lead Brighton 3-2 in their first top-flight game for 28 days on Saturday, but ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils after Leandro Trossard has completed his late hat-trick – becoming the third opposition player to win a Premier League treble at Anfield and the first since 2009.
The top-flight visitors more than earned a point in their opener under Graham Potter substitute Roberto De Zerbi, creating plenty of chances in both halves as they continued their excellent start to the season to remain fourth in the table.
And Klopp admitted it was ‘awful and truly awful to watch’ the Seagulls forwards repeatedly scoop up so much space between the lines.
Saturday’s draw means Liverpool have won just two of their first seven league games so far this season, leaving them ninth and already 11 points behind front-runners Arsenal, who beat Tottenham 3- 1 in the North London Derby.
Klopp admitted confidence is not high among his players at the moment as they prepare for a Champions League double-header against Rangers, which is sandwiched between high-profile showdowns flight with Arsenal and Manchester City.
“Regarding, I’m not sure that’s the right word, but we can’t ignore the fact,” he said.
“But the game against Ajax (their previous game 18 days ago in which they scored an 89th-minute winner) gave us no rhythm.
“It’s something you usually get from these situations. With the late goal we would have taken a lot in the next game, but unfortunately we didn’t play and since then that feeling has pretty much disappeared.
“We had moments of confidence today – Bobby [Firmino] for the second goal you could see a lot – but the passing game was not good.
“We passed balls all over the place, which we can only explain by saying that we weren’t confident at the time, because of the way the game started.
“We are under pressure, we do not ignore it, we do not increase it every day but it is there.”
Klopp admitted Liverpool’s lack of defensive conviction was a throwback to his early days at the club and admitted he didn’t really expect his side to hold on when they recovered from the early double of Trossard to lead 3-2 thanks to Roberto Firmino’s brace and an Adam. Webster owns an own goal.
“If we’re 100 per cent honest, it’s not the first time. It’s a sign that the level of trust is no longer extraordinarily high,” he added.
“In our situation, if you regain confidence, you want to build on that and increase it, and it was obvious that the first goal, in particular, and then the second didn’t help that.
“If you watch football long enough, you remember games here where we had situations years ago where we were only one goal ahead and it happened quite often that everyone came close to having a heart attack because we just weren’t convincing at those times.
“It kind of reminded me of that today. I can’t say I was 100% convinced that we wouldn’t concede as we were 3-2 up.
“We should defend the three goals better, there’s no doubt about it, but in different areas, not just at the last moment. 3-3 looks like a loss even though it’s not, and we have to fight for it. .