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Klopp reacts to Robertson saying Liverpool are getting worse

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
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The FA Cup holders crashed out of the competition on Sunday in a shock defeat to Brighton in the fourth round.

Andy Robertson’s claim that Liverpool are getting worse is neither ‘100% true’ nor ‘100% wrong’, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

The struggling Reds hit a new low for the season by losing 2-1 to Brighton in an FA Cup fourth-round tie on Sunday. Harvey Elliott had put Liverpool in front at the Amex Stadium. However, following Lewis Dunk’s first-half equalizer, Kaoru Mitoma scored a last-minute winner to send the cup holders home.

“This season has been nowhere near good enough,” Robertson told ITV after the match.

“At the start of the year, we wanted a fresh start, but that hasn’t happened. We’ve been worse. In the league, we haven’t been good enough and now we’re out of both cups [EFL Cup and FA Cup] now.”

Klopp admits Robertson is partly right

Asked about the left-back’s comments, Klopp said: “It’s not 100 percent true, but it’s not 100 percent wrong.

“Of course, we wanted a new start, that was clear after the World Cup. So far it hasn’t happened properly, that’s true. That means we have to keep working, there’s nothing else we can do. There were good performances today as well, good moments which we need to build on.”

“We came here after a game a few weeks ago when we weren’t even close to ourselves,” Klopp added.

“We played a better game [on Sunday] but we concede two goals from set-pieces and that is not allowed in any way. It doesn’t feel great. In time we might see the positives but we wanted to get to the next round. Congratulations to Brighton.”

Liverpool are in ninth place in the Premier League table, 21 points behind leaders Arsenal and 10 points outside the top four. They’ll next visit Wolves, who sit 17th in the standings, this Saturday.