Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has conceded that Jurgen Klopp’s champions are not in the Premier League title race.
The Reds suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat by Brighton at Anfield on Wednesday night.
It was the first time Liverpool have lost two consecutive matches at home since 2017.
Steven Alzate’s second-half strike has left Liverpool seven points behind Manchester City at the summit.
Ahead of Liverpool’s showdown with City on Sunday at Anfield, Robertson said: ‘Any game against Manchester City is a big one.
‘As this moment stands, we’re not in the title race. We are seven points behind them and they have a game in hand. I’m sure they’d say the same if they were potentially 10 points behind. We need to get back to the Liverpool everyone knows.
‘We’re still a good team. We don’t turn into a bad team overnight.’
The Liverpool full back praised Graham Potter’s Brighton who restricted Klopp’s side to only one shot on target.
Robertson added: ‘Brighton were the better team. We were hugely disappointing all over there park. You have to give the the team credit for playing well. They created chances, pressed us – did everything we wanted to do.
‘We didn’t really do anything of note. With a long record of going unbeaten, we’ve lost two. When you don’t show up you don’t get results.
‘We prepare for every game different. It’s just not clicking. We need to find a way to get results, especially at home.’
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