Having witnessed his Liverpool side win just once in their last eight games, manager Jürgen Klopp has done his best to maintain his cheerful demeanour but the problems are mounting at Anfield.
The season reached a new low point on Saturday as his team went 2-1 to Wolves at Anfield, making it three Anfield defeats in a row in a week that has seen the Reds exit two cup competitions and put an end to their Premier League title hopes.
Following the latest setback, Klopp was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong against the Championship visitors, but insisted that the result was his own fault rather than that of the players.
Klopp told BT Sport after the defeat:
“It was a very bad performance. Started bad, didn’t really get better. Everyone saw it, but there’s not a lot of good things to say today about this game.
“Difficult, difficult to explain. Of course, the start immediately gives them confidence. We were obviously not ready in this moment. We had the ball, we gave it away, we made a foul, free kick. I don’t have to see it again.
“We tried, fist half wasn’t good enough, second half better of course, it should be better, it being worse really wasn’t possible.”
Despite the obvious underperformance from his side, Klopp took full responsibility for the defeat, stating that he didn’t want to single out players and that it was it was his own failings that cause the unexpected loss:
“I’m responsible for the lineup and it’s not allowed, as I understand it, to blame single players and say ‘you didn’t do that’ or ‘you didn’t do this’.
“You learn a lot about players in situations like this, that’s true, but I’m responsible for this performance 100%.”
Klopp will need to rouse his players quickly as runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea come to Anfield on Tuesday night. The Liverpool manager has won two of his three meetings with the Blues since arriving at Anfield, including a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge in September, but with their season in danger of collapsing completely, Klopp knows he has to pull something special out of the hat this week.