Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side’s poor form is ‘starting to get serious now’.
The Reds’ 3-1 loss to Leicester City on Monday was their fifth defeat in their last seven in all competitions, a run which has seen the club knocked out of both domestic cup competitions and lose ground in the Premier League title race.
They were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Wolves, and missed out on the EFL Cup final, losing to Southampton in the semi-final.
Since the turn of the year, they’ve won just two of their twelve games, a run that has seen the club play relegation-threatened Sunderland, Swansea, Hull and Leicester.
However, the Reds are the only top-six side to be unbeaten against their rivals and will head into Saturday’s game against Arsenal hoping to keep a hold of that record to boost their Champions League chances.
Their inconsistency is a big worry to Klopp, though, who has labelled Liverpool’s inability to pick up wins against the lesser sides in the league as a ‘serious’ problem.
On Monday, they were easily dispatched by a resurgent Leicester City, losing 3-1 in poor fashion.
Reflecting on the game, Klopp said: “It’s getting more serious now. We all play for our future, myself included. We get judged every day, especially on match days. Of course performances have influence on these things.
“I feel maximum responsible because I am. I hope I use the word ‘we’ and not ‘they’ because I’m involved in this.”
Liverpool’s worrying form has made their chances of Champions League qualification far from certain, dropping out of the top four, a point away from fourth-placed Arsenal who they meet on Saturday.
They can reignite their season with a win, and Klopp is demanding a reaction from his players.
“Thank God we don’t play tomorrow. We have to analyse the performance and react on it to win again,” He told Sky Sports.
“I’m worried but we have a week to prepare and we must show a reaction. I don’t think [the players] aren’t as good as I thought, but I think they need my help more to show it every week.”