Jurgen Klopp felt his side should have had a penalty in their 1-0 defeat Southampton, but gave a brutally honest assessment of his side’s poor display.
Liverpool’s Premier League title defence suffered a setback as they fell to their second loss of the season at St Mary’s.
Danny Ings’ superb second-minute lob over Reds goalkeeper Alisson, from a James Ward-Prowse free-kick, settled the contest against his old club.
Klopp’s side remain top of the table on goal difference but have taken only two points from the past nine available.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City will leapfrog the reigning champions if they win their games in hand.
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Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Klopp said: “What was disappointing? How long have we got – the start obviously. Not only the goal but the start in general. Congratulations to Southampton they deserved it.
“You know exactly what you are going to get from them, you cannot be surprised but we looked surprised. At the beginning how we played, where we lost the balls, it’s not rocket science. We should have done much better. We played into their hands with the start.
“They put a lot of work in. Our decision making was just not good. That is how it is when you don’t have momentum. We should have had much more chances.
“These are outstanding players but they were not ready from the start. Sadio Mane should have had a penalty tonight, and there was the handball – I’ve no idea.
“It’s not an excuse for the performance but you can get a point if they are given. Now we have to show a reaction.”
Henderson blames poor start
Skipper Jordan Henderson, who played the whole game at centre-back, felt another poor start cost the Reds.
He told Sky Sports: “Starting slowly in games is not us. We didn’t score again, we’ve had chances and not put the ball in the back of the net in the last two games.
“We knew they would come out fast but we were sloppy, we gave away one or two free-kicks and you get punished in this league.
“It’s difficult in a different position, I just tried to do my best.”