Jurgen Klopp admits he is at a loss trying to come to terms with Liverpool’s catastrophic drop in form.
Liverpool only lost three league games throughout the entirety of the 2019/20 season but now appear to be vulnerable against any other side in the division.
Klopp’s side have been obliterated by injuries this term and received yet another blow as Jordan Henderson limped off against the Toffees.
But the Reds boss insisted his side are still “dominant in games” when pressed on the drastic loss of from after the match.
“I cannot explain it really. I think us being dominant in games is becoming a familiar story but the opponent [still scores],” said Klopp.
He added: “We stand here having lost 2-0. I know how important it is. We feel it deep inside. But from tomorrow on I have to use all the good stuff.
“These good situations are the guarantee that we can change it but the decisive moments we have to change as well.”
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Liverpool had 72 per cent of possession against Everton and managed 15 shots compared to their visitors’ nine.
But the Toffees showed far more cutting edge, with Richarlison finishing a swift move in the third minute and Gylfi Sigurdsson sealing the three points with a late penalty.
“The first goal which we have to defend better gave the direction of the game. It was unnecessary,” said Klopp.
“There were plenty of good football moments so we did well from a creative point of view but we had to chase the game and were not calm enough.”
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The German added: “Everton defended deep and full of passion but there were still moments where we were completely free in the box but we didn’t finish.
“In the second half we changed formation a little because we wanted to cause them more problems. Immediately we had big chances.
“Sadio [Mane] twice in the box and Bobby [Roberto Firmino] was twice in promising positions, so we had all these moments.”
Everton were awarded a penalty after Trent Alexander-Arnold tripped Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he tried to get to his feet having not made contact with his slide tackle.
Klopp chose not to assess the incident at length, saying: “The penalty was late and wasn’t really decisive so we don’t have to talk about that too much.
“We could talk about this for an hour in detail and you would realise what you were talking about would be 90 per cent positive but 10 per cent was not and we have to change 10 per cent because it makes the difference result wise.”
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