So Liverpool blew it again.
The Reds just couldn’t build any rhythm against Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel’s side playing through the press almost at ease and exploiting the space in behind. Mason Mount’s goal just before half time was the difference, after an earlier chance was ruled offside, but it could have easily been more.
Jürgen Klopp was sanguine about the affair.
“The individual quality of Mason Mount in that moment made the difference”, the Liverpool manager told Sky Sports, as reported by BBC Sport. “It was a tight game, intense game. Both teams invested a lot. That is it pretty much.
“They had the goal they scored which was offside. The second half another counter attack, we had more situations around, the great one with Sadio Mane and other situations where we did not score.
“You have to defend differently and we didn’t do well there. There are a lot of things out there you have to consider. In the end we conceded one goal, we made the mistake there, the other was offside and you can say it was good defending but with all the possession we had you need to have more chances. Everything was really good until the final pass.
“Unfortunately we cannot say it is only at home. It is not about Anfield or whatever, it is in general, too often. In the decisive moments we have to improve. We have to show our quality in these moment and we don’t do that often enough.
“I just brought on fresh legs. Mo [Salah] looked like today he suffered a bit, he played a lot of games. I could have taken off Sadio or Bobby, that is all clear but at that moment it looked like Mo. Milner we bought on to wake them up a bit and keep them in the game because we needed one situation.
“It is a massive blow. It is not done yet. We have to win football games.”
The understatement of the century, there. Better come soon.