Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool ‘performed like a bunch of strangers’ in opposition to Brighton and Jurgen Klopp would have been ‘pushed mad’ by their efficiency.
After going 68 video games with out shedding within the Premier League at Anfield, the Reds have now suffered back-to-back house defeats after Wednesday night time’s shock 1-Zero loss to Brighton.
It’s the most recent blow to the champions’ Premier League title defence, with their efficiency blasted as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘pathetic’ having created solely ONE goalscoring probability on the guests’ aim.
The Reds have now additionally failed to attain in three consecutive house video games for the primary time since October 1984.
And former Liverpool centre-back Lawrenson has instructed talkSPORT 2 he was completely baffled by how poorly Klopp’s males performed, particularly following two sensible away wins that had he – and plenty of others – considering the champions had their mojo again.
The five-time league champion with Liverpool, and ex-Brighton defender, mentioned: “The final time Brighton gained at Anfield I used to be really taking part in for Liverpool in opposition to them!
“I assumed the final couple of outcomes for Liverpool, profitable at Tottenham the place they performed properly and beating West Ham, it makes you suppose ‘they’re again’.
“It regarded like that they had that swagger again, they regarded extra assured.
“However final night time was simply actually actually unusual.
“They performed like a bunch of strangers in all honesty, they hardly created an excessive amount of which is most uncommon to them.
“Final night time’s consequence was an enormous shock. We knew Brighton would make it tough as a result of they’re in run, nevertheless it was a really unusual consequence.
“You look again on the high quality of the targets they scored in opposition to West Ham within the second-half, they had been actually high quality workforce targets, after which that efficiency final night time – that may drive Klopp mad.
“That result’s the worst one for him. You understood how they misplaced to Burnley as a result of they had been on a little bit of a nasty run, however to win two tough video games on the street in opposition to Tottenham and West Ham after which lose at house to Brighton?
“It’s like, wow. It’s nearly time to return to base and begin once more, he has to have a re-think.
“Klopp might be perplexed, he’ll be questioning what goes fallacious. And he can’t change the workforce round an excessive amount of as a result of when that front-three are firing they’ll beat anyone.
“It’s a wierd one, very, very unusual.”
Their 4 defeat of the season has left Liverpool fourth within the desk, seven factors behind leaders Manchester City who’ve a recreation in hand.
Subsequent up for the Reds? Man City.
And whereas Jurgen Klopp hasn’t given up on the title but, saying factors gaps at this stage of the season ‘aren’t attention-grabbing’, Lawro says the race might be over if City win at Anfield.
“The City recreation is completely large,” he added.
“If City go there and win, I believe they’ll simply stroll away with the league.”