So Jürgen Klopp hasn’t been frustrated for a long time. Following Liverpool FC’s 3-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, the manager spoke of a personal low point and found clear words. “I can’t remember a worse game,” Klopp summed up on Saturday. “Honestly, I don’t remember that and I mean every game, not just Liverpool. That makes it a real low point at the moment.
Klopp doesn’t want to make excuses
In fact, the Reds have scored fewer goals, conceded more and conceded fewer points this season than at the same time in previous seasons under Klopp, who has been in charge since October 2015. “The staff are the same, but this Liverpool side is only ostensibly the one that has won all four trophies recently,” the Telegraph said. The “Guardian” even spoke of the “end of an era”.
Even Klopp didn’t want to use the excuse that stars like Virgil van Dijk, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and other players were injured. “Yes, we have injury problems and all that, but listen: the team we put together today wasn’t bad at all – really not,” Klopp said. “What we did with it was wrong. It’s the truth.”
At Brighton, Liverpool lacked everything you’d expect from a team that won four trophies last season – and lifted the FA Cup and League Cup. When asked what was wrong with Brighton, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had only one answer: “Everything,” he told BBC Sport.
After the scoreless first half, double scorer Solly March (46th/53rd minute) initiated Brighton’s victory. “After we were down 1-0, it was clear that one team was ready to play a very good game,” admitted Klopp, “while the other is fighting with itself to achieve something.” once achieved no effect. Danny Wellbeck (81st) has finally made it all clear for the hosts.
After losing 3-1 at Brentford FC, Klopp’s side have slipped to ninth place in the Premier League table – behind Brighton (7th) and Brentford (8th). The top of the league, led by Arsenal FC, is miles away, and even the Champions League places may be out of reach for Klopp’s proteges in this form.
Under current conditions, Liverpool may have little hope against Real Madrid in the Premier League Round of 16. In the League Cup, the Reds are already out of the race. Wolverhampton Wanderers are threatened with the next setback in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday.
Manchester United beat City
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s winning streak after Cristiano Ronaldo’s early departure continues. England’s record champion won the Premier League derby again against Manchester City on Saturday after a long spell. Coach Erik ten Hag’s side beat their city rivals 2-1 (0-0) after falling behind and moved into third place in the table so far. Previously, Man United lost three consecutive league derbies to City.
Bruno Fernandes (78th minute) and Marcus Rashford (82nd) tipped the game in favor of the Red Devils in less than five minutes and thus secured a Premier League exclamation point. Ten Hag’s side closed the gap to Pep Guardiola’s star side to one point. Substitute Jack Grealish put the visitors ahead in the 60th minute.
Discussions followed on the equalizer. When the ball was passed, Rashford was clearly offside, but the international didn’t touch the ball and let Fernandes take it, who made it 1-1. “It doesn’t matter if Rashford stepped in or not, he distracted our goalkeeper and centre-backs,” Guardiola complained to BT Sport.
His counterpart, ten Hag, spoke diplomatically. “I understand the other side,” the United manager told BT Sport. “Obviously it’s a confusing moment. But if you follow the rules and he didn’t touch the ball then he didn’t interfere and it’s a goal.” Fernandes felt the same thing. “I don’t know if any of us were offside,” the goalscorer said. “Marcus didn’t affect the defenders. That’s how it is.”
Champion City had a lot more possession at Old Trafford, but Man United had the better chances. Record-breaking champion Rashford squandered the best chance to lead before the break when he rounded City keeper Ederson after a good half-hour but finished too low. City’s top striker, Erling Haaland, has remained largely understated in the derby.
Former Wolfsburg player Wout Weghorst, who Man United signed on loan on Friday until the end of the season, watched the match at Old Trafford from the stands.
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