Jurgen Klopp conceded that securing a top four was now Liverpool’s main goal, after his side were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City at Anfield.
The result leaves them 10 points behind Cityzens, who also have a game in hand against all of their closest rivals.
After a slow start, Sunday’s game kicked off early in the second half when Ilkay Gundogan – who missed a penalty before the break – crushed a rebound at close range to put the visitors 1-0.
Mohamed Salah then leveled things off from the start before Alisson allowed City two goals with a pair of shocking mistakes. Phil Foden then added some shine to the score with a nice solo strike.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the contest, Klopp insisted he was happy with his team’s display despite the poor result.
“We played very good football. I really liked. In the first half we played very good football, ”he said. “Against City it doesn’t mean you’re 2-0 or 3-0, it just means you’re in the game. I don’t know what possession was, but it certainly wasn’t what it is than usual for City.
“At the start of the second half, City changed their system slightly to 4-4-2. It’s a bit of adaptation at the end but in the start of the second half we didn’t give enough options to play and gave the first away goal. .
“They scored that goal, we scored the equalizer, which at that point seemed like the game could now go in our direction. We looked great again. ”
Klopp was also asked if qualifying for the Champions League is now his side’s main goal, to which he replied: “Of course that is our main goal, that’s clear. We will try everything.
“There are enough games to play to guarantee that – but we have to win games and tonight we didn’t.”
Klopp was then asked about Alisson’s mistakes, saying, “You can’t hide them. It’s two [instances] where we didn’t give it a lot of options, especially around the first one. I think the second, yes, he just hit the ball badly.
“I don’t know, that’s not a real explanation, but maybe he had cold feet or something. It sounds funny but it could be. But there is always an opportunity to kick the bleachers.
“But Ali saved our lives many times, no doubt about it, and tonight he made two mistakes and that’s it.”