Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool faced a setback in their pursuit of the Premier League title as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, reported by GOAL. With Manchester City now holding the lead in the title race, Klopp delved into the key flaw in Liverpool's performance, shedding light on their pressing commitment and the implications of their recent struggles.

Eberechi Eze's early goal for Crystal Palace at Anfield proved to be the decisive strike, condemning Liverpool to a crucial loss in their quest for the Premier League title. Despite mounting pressure in the latter stages of the match, Klopp's side failed to find the back of the net, relinquishing the opportunity to leapfrog Manchester City at the summit of the table.

The defeat not only handed the title lead to Manchester City but also highlighted a concerning flaw in Liverpool's approach, prompting Klopp to address the issue in his post-match analysis.

Jurgen Klopp's critique

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In the aftermath of the match, Klopp pinpointed Liverpool's lack of cohesion in pressing as a pivotal factor in their defeat. Expressing his disappointment, Klopp emphasized the importance of collective effort in executing their pressing game effectively. He stated,

Speaking after the match, Klopp said [via The Athletic]: “We had moments which didn’t end up in front of our goal, where we were just not together.

“Let me say it like that, if you press 80 per cent, you better not press at all because it makes no sense. We had here and there.

“Curtis (Jones) was really going for it, following through, besides that first line which was too far away from each other, no one pulls, (Alexis) Mac Allister and Wataru (Endo) couldn’t do it and the last line was too deep as well.”

Klopp elaborated on the significance of maintaining a high level of pressing intensity, noting that partial commitment to pressing could be counterproductive.

Liverpool's recent struggles with pressing have raised concerns among fans and pundits alike. Traditionally known for their relentless pressing game, Klopp's side has faltered in maintaining their trademark intensity in recent matches. The defeat to Crystal Palace follows a disappointing 3-0 loss at home against Atalanta in the Europa League, further amplifying scrutiny on Liverpool's pressing capabilities.

What lies ahead for Liverpool

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With just six matches remaining in the Premier League season, Liverpool faces an uphill battle to reclaim the title. Klopp's men must deliver flawless performances in their remaining fixtures and hope for slip-ups from Manchester City and Arsenal to reignite their title hopes.

As Klopp approaches the twilight of his time at Liverpool, the pressure mounts for the Reds to rediscover their winning form and mount a late surge for the Premier League crown. The coming weeks will test Liverpool's resilience and determination as they strive to overcome their pressing woes and revive their title aspirations in Klopp's final season at the helm.