Klopp Laments Liverpool’s Lack of Conviction in ‘Rubbish’ Defeat to Crystal Palace


Jurgen Klopp lamented Liverpool’s lack of conviction in a surprising 1-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace, dealing a blow to their Premier League title aspirations on Sunday.

The defeat marked Liverpool’s first loss at Anfield in 14 months across all competitions, following a 3-0 setback against Atalanta in the Europa League quarter-finals just days prior.

Despite Klopp’s expectations for a strong response, Palace capitalized on Liverpool’s shaky first-half performance to take an early lead through Eberechi Eze.

Although Liverpool showed improvement after halftime, their persistent struggles to convert chances haunted them once again, allowing Palace to secure only their second victory in 10 matches.

“It feels rubbish, 100 percent,” said Klopp. “The first half cost us the problems we couldn’t sort in the second half.

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“First half we wanted to show a reaction from the last game. We saw a reaction, just not the one we wanted. You could see the team was not fully convinced. We lacked conviction.”

Liverpool’s loss leaves them trailing Manchester City by two points with six games remaining in the Premier League season.

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Klopp’s team faces a challenging road ahead with three consecutive away fixtures against Fulham, Everton, and West Ham over the next fortnight before returning to Anfield.

Aware of the task ahead, Klopp acknowledges that Liverpool must regain their top form if they are to have any hope of clinching only their second league title in 34 years.

“It depends on us what it means,” he said. “If we play like in the first half why should we win the league? If we play like in the second half, we can win football games – we will see how many.

“If we play to our full level then we are a force but today we played a bit inbetween and that’s why we lost.”

Liverpool’s recent form has dipped, with just three wins in their last eight games across all competitions. Andy Robertson expressed his frustration, highlighting a loss of form at both ends of the field during the crucial stage of the season.

“We are struggling to keep clean sheets right now. I don’t know how many we have had in the last 10 or 15 games but it won’t be many,” said the Scotland captain.

“When you do that, you have to take your chances. As simple as that.”

Despite their efforts, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, and Mohamed Salah all squandered golden opportunities to at least secure a point in the second half.

“Since we came back from international duty (in March) we’ve probably not been as clinical in front of goal, which when you are going for titles and trophies it’s not a great thing to have,” added Robertson.

“We’re obviously off the boil in front of goal. That’s two games now no goals at Anfield which is very, very rare.”

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