Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ripped into his side following their appalling 4-1 defeat to title-chasing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium earlier today.
Despite going ahead through Mohamed Salah in the opening period, the Reds were torn apart after delivering a Jekyll and Hyde performance over the two halves.
Julian Alvarez ensured Pep Guardiola’s side went into the half-time interval level on the scoreboard.
The Cityzens delivered a champion’s performance in the second half as goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish condemned Klopp’s side to a third successive defeat.
The German tactician, who watched with horror from the sidelines, delivered a damning yet honest assessment of his side’s performance in his post-match press conference.
“The obvious, I would say – the obvious, what everybody could see,” Klopp told Liverpool reporters when asked about his thoughts on the game.
“The first half was okay, not just because of the result but because of the performance as well. Of course, City had more possession and these kinds of things, but that always happens when we play here.
“You have to defend City in the moments where you have the opportunity to do so. If you are too deep, too passive, or whatever, then they use that immediately.
“We were completely open, too passive, too deep, too far away from everything. If you look at the game, I think we had about four performances which were okay.
“If you want to get something from here, then you have to play 11 players, 14, 15 players have to be on the top of their game, and that was not the case again.”
The humbling at the Etihad was Liverpool’s third successive defeat in all competitions since handing Manchester United a 7-0 trouncing in early March.
It was also their ninth defeat of the season, their most since the 2020/21 campaign leaving them seven points adrift of the top four with 11 games still to play.
Klopp will hope his side can return to winning ways when they take on Graham Potter’s struggling Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in midweek.
Liverpool still have a realistic chance of finishing in the Champions League places, especially with some of the other contenders faltering.
But they need a pick-me-up, and Tuesday’s game could be decisive to their top-four hopes.
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