Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp launches worrying criticism after Brighton draw – ‘Not happy’

Jurgen Klopp reviews Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Brighton

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has laid into the body language of his players after Brighton came back from two goals down to claim an unlikely draw at Anfield. The Reds’ unbeaten start to the Premier League season continues, but it will undoubtedly feel like two points lost due to the nature of the game. 

It was a rare afternoon in which Mohamed Salah did not get himself on the scoresheet, with Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane doing so instead. 

Brighton, who have impressed many already this season, notched one back before half-time before Leandro Trossard’s equaliser in the second half. 

The result sees Liverpool stay within touching distance of Chelsea at the top of the table, although Klopp was not particularly positive about his side’s work. 

“I could see second half I was not overly happy with the body language of some and that’s obviously never helpful,” he admitted.

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“You can get through these periods in a game, just not against Brighton because they were here to get a result, they got it and they deserved it.”

The criticism did not stop there either, with Virgil van Dijk reportedly getting an earful from the German during the second half. 

The Reds have looked a different animal since the Dutchman returned from a long-term injury, but Klopp’s touchline actions could suggest that Van Dijk was one of the players whose body language was an issue. 

Despite remaining the only unbeaten side left in the Premier League, a three-point gap has now opened up behind Chelsea who currently hold the upper hand in the title race. 

It was a sobering crash down to Earth for Liverpool’s stars who had been riding high after thrashing bitter rivals Manchester United last weekend. 

Salah was on hand to fire in a hat-trick on that occasion, and his blank against the Seagulls was his first in 10 games. 

Klopp will undoubtedly hope that his players rediscover their heart and desire when they host Atletico Madrid in a tough midweek Champions League fixture on Wednesday. 

Despite his side’s shortcomings, the German was full of praise for Liverpool’s opposition after the game. 

“People still don’t respect the quality Brighton have,” he said.

“They might not win 35 games a season but they give in 38 games each team a proper game because the things they do are really good.

“We opened the door for them and we paid the price.”

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