Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted the Reds are “not in the running” for the Premier League title after their loss to Arsenal on Sunday.
Klopp’s side were beaten 3-2 by Premier League leaders north London and have just 10 points from their first eight games.
That already leaves Liverpool 14 behind Arsenal – albeit one game less – and with plenty of catching up to do after their worst start in 10 years.
“We are not in the race,” said the German after the match. “Imagine I’m sitting here and thinking ‘we’re almost there, wait.’ Look, we’ve seen a lot.
“So we have problems at the moment but we caused the in-form team, the leader of the table, huge problems today. Even in a very bad situation for us, with early changes and stuff like that, we caused them real problems. This is also the truth. We must continue.
And he added: “We’re in a tough time and we want to get through this together and that’s what we’re working on.”
To make matters worse, there was also bad news on the injury front for Liverpool, with problems for Luis Diaz (who was forced to withdraw) and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“Diaz, we had to change before obviously. Something with the knee is not good, really not good, he will have a scan and we will know more, I don’t know to what extent,” Klopp said.
“But on top of that Trent, really bad with the ankle too, twisted ankle. Not good.”