Liverpool uncharacteristically squandered a 2-0 lead to Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield on Saturday to give Chelsea a boost in the Premier League title race. And during a poor second-half performance, manager Jurgen Klopp was not happy with his defence – namely Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool went 2-0 up in the first half courtesy of goals from Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane (just to reflect that it was Henderson who scored first).
The Reds looked set to cruise to yet another win to claim 24 points from an available 30 in the league this season.
But Graham Potter’s men fought back with goals from Enock Mwepu and Leandro Trossard to record a surprise point and lift themselves up to sixth.
Jurgen Klopp’s men had only conceded three goals at home prior to the visit of Brighton, which came against title rivals Chelsea and Manchester City.
And the inept defending left the German boss furious with key defender Van Dijk over the poor organisation.
The Mirror report that Klopp was seen standing in the dugout at Anfield before Brighton had even equalised, screaming abuse at Van Dijk.
Klopp is renowned for previously throwing fists when he is angry, and he supposedly did so again when his side weren’t at their best against the Seagulls.
And the Dutchman took the criticism by puffing his cheeks out, and agreeing with the German before getting on with the game.
Brighton were by far the better side in the second half, and equalised not long after, and Klopp felt the manner of the draw made it feel like a loss for his side.
“The best way to defend Brighton is to have the ball yourself and play in the spaces where they are exposed.
The draw leaves Liverpool three points from Chelsea in the table after the Blues won 3-0 at Newcastle.
And the Reds will look to get back to winning ways against West Ham in a week’s time.