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Liverpool LOST Again! Jürgen Klopp’s Men’s Nightmare Season Continued as They Now Won Only Once in Their Last Six Games

Liverpool LOST Again! Jürgen Klopp’s Men’s Nightmare Season Continued as They Now Won Only Once in Their Last Six Games

Liverpool travelled to Falmer Stadium with hopes to revive its season as well as its chance of a domestic cup honour, but the home side, which had beaten them a fortnight ago at the same turf, had different ideas. Despite taking an early lead in this Fourth Round fixture of the FA Cup, Jürgen Klopp’s side was defeated by Brighton & Hove Albion F. C. for the second time in the same month, with the the Seagulls breaking the Reds’ heart in the stoppage time of the second half; Their last meeting was a Premier League clash earlier this year that saw Roberto De Zerbi’s side beat the 19-time league champion with a convincing 3-0 score line.

 

Defending Champion Is Out

Liverpool was last year’s champion in this competition after defeating Chelsea on penalties, but their title defence campaign did not go as planned as they only managed to overcome Wolverhampton Wanderers through a replay. Inabilities to score more and to have its defensive backline to hold the fort have been an issue all season for the Kop, and Jürgen Klopp’s men were determined to change that narrative in this game. The 55-year-old German made only one change to his team that played out a goalless draw with fellow Premier League struggler Chelsea.

It was the Kop who drew first blood on the half-hour mark, when Naby Keïta’s forward pass found the speedy Mohamed Salah on the right flank. The Egypt national team captain quickly pushed forward and his through ball found 19-year-old central midfielder Harvey Elliott, who then slotted home his fifth goal in 31 appearances for the Merseyside Red. Nonetheless, Liverpool’s joy was short-lived as a fierce Brighton team came back to equalise less than 10 minutes later, courtesy of 31-year-old Lewis Dunk’s effort. The centre-back stood in path of Tariq Lamptey’s long-range shot outside the penalty box, causing a huge deflection and wrongfooting Alisson Becker. The 1-1 score line stayed on for most parts of the game, until the stoppage time in the second 45 minutes.

 

A 92nd-Minute Heartbreaker

In the dying moments of the match and when a potential replay was on the cards, Kaoru Mitoma cleverly controlled the ball after receiving a lob pass from his teammate, before hitting the match winner. The winger was influential in Japan’s incredible journey in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and was the player who famously and controversially assisted Ao Tanaka’s winning goal against former world champion Spain. Coaches, players and fans joined in to celebrate a second famous Seagulls win over Liverpool in as many clashes this month. The loss, Liverpool’s third in six matches in all competitions, also meant Jürgen Klopp’s side is out of the two major domestic cup competitions contested by a top-tier English football club.

 

Any Silver Linings for the Reds?

Liverpool is sitting in the ninth place of the Premier League table at the moment, 21 points adrift the league leader Arsenal. With their chances of a UEFA Champions League spot slipping further, Klopp might be turning his team’s attention to win it all in this year’s competition, and they can take comfort in having no other cup obligations remaining this season. Nonetheless, Liverpool will face an incredibly tough competition in the Round of 16 as the 14-time and defending champion, La Liga’s Real Madrid awaits.

Jürgen Klopp, when spoke in an interview, admitted his team’s performance had been below par, “If we are in a better situation, 10 points more in the league and stuff like this and then you lose here at Brighton, you just say, ‘Respect’. What they do is really good. But we are obviously in a situation where we constantly want to make the final step, and that’s why it feels now especially bad in this moment because it didn’t happen. But there were, again, steps in the right direction. You can imagine nobody wants to hear that any more, I cannot hear it any more, but it’s still right. That means we have to go from there.” The German coach also added that the team will not buy any players during this winter transfer window as the deadline day looms.

Liverpool will play Wolves again this weekend to snap their poor recent form in the league (Two losses and a draw in its last three fixtures) while its arch-rival Manchester United is set to reach the Carabao Cup final, here is why.

Steven Mosier

"Eat, breathe and sleep sports" is the life motto of mine. My professional athlete career ended way earlier than I thought, but the passion remains till the present, which is why I am here writing you all the sports news you crave! Also, I am a huge fan of the Premier League as well the NBA.

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