Klopp reacts to shock Burnley defeat

English Premier League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Thursday's loss to Burnley as a "punch in the face" after the reigning champions suffered a first league defeat at Anfield in nearly four years.

The Reds' remarkable run of 68 matches without a league defeat at home, dating back to 23 April 2017, was brought to an end on Thursday evening after Klopp's charges were downed 1-0 by relegation-threatened Burnley, courtesy of an 83rd-minute penalty from Ashley Barnes.

Following the match, which was the fourth consecutive league fixture in which Liverpool had failed to score and the fifth game without a victory since December's 7-0 pasting of Crystal Palace, Klopp admitted that he was at a loss to explain the result.

"It's a tough one, not easy to explain," Klopp told BBC Sport. "These boys are not the kind of person after a 7-0 to think 'we'll go like this', they worked hard tonight and it didn't happen. If something doesn't work, you have to try harder, more often, longer. It was not easy to lose that game and we did it.

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"If I sit now here, losing against Burnley and didn't score for the last four games and talk about the title race, how silly that would be?

"It's my fault and that's how it is. We have to make better decisions, we have to do the right stuff more often. These boys are able to do it but obviously, after not scoring for a while, it's not that they are full of confidence. You can see that.

"And people say 'how can they not be full of confidence, they have won last year this and that?'. But confidence is like a small flower, obviously, someone has stamped on it. In this moment, we have to find a new one and we will. But, for tonight, it was not enough.

"In the last third, decision-making is not how it should be. Everyone will talk about it, which makes the problem not smaller but bigger."

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