“Not True”-Jurgen Klopp reacts to Andy Robertson’s blunt claim that Liverpool are getting worse
Liverpool were beaten by Brighton for a second time in a matter of weeks, with Roberto De Zerbi’s team following up their 3-0 league victory by eliminating the Reds from the FA Cup.
Andy Robertson’s claim that Liverpool was getting worse after the FA Cup champions were eliminated from the competition, according to Jurgen Klopp, was neither true nor wrong.
At the Amex Stadium, Liverpool took on Brighton in an effort to defeat the Seagulls for the first time in three efforts this season. Although Harvey Elliott gave the opposition the lead, goals from Lewis Dunk and Kaoru Mitoma sent the Seagulls to the fifth round.
Reds Left-back Robertson spoke honestly about the team’s recent decline following the game. Some may think that Klopp’s choice of words when dismissing the Scottish international’s suggestion was highly telling.
“It’s not 100 per cent true but it’s not 100 per cent wrong,” Klopp said. Liverpool’s defeat was their fourth since the World Cup, with Manchester City eliminating them from the EFL Cup and Brentford and Brighton beating them in the Premier League.
“Of course, we wanted a new start, that was clear after the World Cup. So far it hasn’t happened properly, that’s true.
“That means we have to keep working, there’s nothing else you can do. There were good performances today as well, good moments which we need to build on.”
In both of Liverpool’s losses to Brighton, Robertson played all 90 minutes. This time, the Merseyside club was seconds away from earning a draw and a replay when Mitoma brilliantly intercepted a cross from Pervis Estupinan and volleyed past Alisson.
“We need to start winning games,” the left-back told ITV Sport. “It’s easy to say, but harder to fix and it’s proven that way. This season has been nowhere near good enough, at the turn of the year we wanted a new start. But it’s not got off to that…it’s probably been worse.
“In the league, we’ve not been good enough, we lost in the League Cup to Man City by one goal and now we’re out of both cups. It’s really disappointing. You can’t put your finger on one thing because it’s more than that and it’s about putting a performance together where all these things click.
“You can tell we aren’t as confident in front of goal and you can tell that defensively we are too open. We need to get the confidence back, but it’s easier said than done.
The only way we pick up results is you have to score goals and you have to be able to keep clean sheets and we’re not managing that.
“We’re not managing to do that and we need to do it quickly. But we keep saying that and that doesn’t help the fans. I feel sorry for them, we aren’t putting a show on them at the moment.”