Liverpool ‘played like a bunch of strangers’ against Brighton, says Reds legend Mark Lawrenson who brands Anfield defeat their WORST of the season February 4, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool ‘played like a bunch of strangers’ against Brighton and Jurgen Klopp would have been ‘driven mad’ by their shock defeat.
After going 68 games without losing in the league at Anfield, the Reds have now suffered back-to-back home defeats after Wednesday night’s shock 1-0 loss to Brighton.
It’s the latest blow to the champions’ Premier League title defence, with their performance blasted as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘pathetic’ having created only ONE goalscoring chance on the visitors’ goal.
The Reds have now also failed to score in three consecutive home games for the first time since October 1984.
And former Liverpool centre-back Lawrenson has told talkSPORT 2 he was utterly baffled by how poorly Klopp’s men played, especially following two brilliant away wins that had he – and many others – thinking the champions had their mojo back.
The five-time league champion with Liverpool, and ex-Brighton defender, said: “The last time Brighton won at Anfield I was actually playing for Liverpool against them!
“I thought the last couple of results for Liverpool, winning at Tottenham where they played well and beating West Ham, it makes you think ‘they’re back’.
“It looked like they had that swagger back, they looked more confident.
“But last night was just really really strange.
“They played like a bunch of strangers in all honesty, they hardly created too much which is most unusual to them.
“Last night’s result was a big surprise. We knew Brighton would make it difficult because they’re in a good run, but it was a very strange result.
“You look back at the quality of the goals they scored against West Ham in the second-half, they were really quality team goals, and then that performance last night – that will drive Klopp mad.
“That result is the worst one for him. You understood how they lost to Burnley because they were on a bit of a bad run, but to win two difficult games on the road against Tottenham and West Ham and then lose at home to Brighton?
“It’s like, wow. It’s almost time to return to base and start again, he has to have a re-think.
“Klopp will be perplexed, he’ll be wondering what is going wrong. And he can’t change the team around too much because when that front-three are firing they can beat anybody.
“It’s a strange one, very, very strange.”
Their four defeat of the season has left Liverpool fourth in the table, seven points behind leaders Manchester City who have a game in hand.
Next up for the Reds? Man City.
And while Jurgen Klopp hasn’t given up on the title yet, saying points gaps at this stage of the season ‘are not interesting’, Lawro says the race will be over if City win at Anfield.
“The City game is absolutely massive,” he added.
“If City go there and win, I think they’ll just walk away with the league.”