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Jurgen Klopp and Andy Robertson admit Liverpool not in title chase after Brighton loss

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and defender Andy Robertson both conceded that the Reds’ chances of defending their Premier League title could be over following Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Brighton.

Klopp’s men were lifeless during the game and rightly put to the sword by a Brighton side who had just done the same at Tottenham, giving Liverpool their second straight loss at Anfield.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yves Bissouma
Brighton was the best team | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

The defeat leaves Liverpool seven points behind Manchester City, who also have a game in hand, and ahead of the two sides’ meeting on Sunday Klopp admitted it was difficult to see his side fighting for the title at the moment.

“The gap with City… I’m the manager of Liverpool so I have to say we want to be champions, and of course we do, but you need games for that and we need performances for that and we don’t. do not have that. Klopp said (via The Guardian).

“We will fight for three points, it is not decided who will get the three points on Sunday, but we have to play better and we will try. These gaps are not of interest at the moment. They are the result of the results we already had. What we can influence is the next game. Tonight was not enough. We know it and we need to change it.

“Brighton rightly won the match, rightly won it. They were cooler than us, they did more good things than us and we lost too many easy balls. The best way to defend Brighton is to keep the ball and then you are in control. We didn’t create much, and to me the team looked mentally tired tonight.

“It doesn’t lead to the best game either. It was a tough week traveling to London and coming back twice. We weren’t fresh enough which meant we weren’t good enough to break up Brighton’s formation and in the end they scored one goal and had other chances. They deserved to win.

Left-back Robertson also admitted things looked grim for the Reds, who could drop out of the top four if the results set them against each other this weekend.

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Robertson fears title race is over | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

“Brighton were the better team,” Robertson said (via The Times). “We were extremely disappointing throughout the park. We really haven’t done anything remarkable.

“With a long undefeated track record, we’ve lost two. When you don’t show up, you don’t get results. Any game against Man City is a great game. At the moment, we are not in the title. race.”

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