Jurgen Klopp blames Man Utd for Liverpool's recent downturn in form

  • Klopp's Liverpool lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace on Sunday
  • The result sees the Reds drop down to third in the table
  • Klopp has discussed his side's dip in form
Disappointing result
Disappointing result / Michael Steele/GettyImages

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool's shock 4-3 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup has led to his side's recent downturn in fortunes.

Having already secured the Carabao Cup back in February, Liverpool were on course to mark Klopp's final season at Anfield with a remarkable quadruple heading into their FA Cup quarter-final clash with Manchester United in mid-March.

Despite having 25 shots on goal throughout the game, and dominating for large periods, the Reds remarkably found a way to lose said quarter-final in extra time - Amad Diallo scored a 122nd winner for the Red Devils.

Since that defeat, Liverpool's form both domestically and on the continent has noticeably dipped, with Klopp's side now having gone three games without a win in all competitions.

Virgil van Dijk
Another defeat / Michael Steele/GettyImages

Following a week in which Liverpool drew 2-2 with Man Utd, lost 3-0 to Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League and shockingly fell to Crystal Palace in the Premier League, Klopp was asked by the press what has been at the root of his side's poor performance of late, replying:

"I think the problem is a little bit that I am not 100 per cent sure that in general how we dealt with the [Manchester] United games particularly helped," admitted Klopp.

"I mean, we lost the game in the cup and it was like a catastrophe because we were that good and lost it anyway. Then we draw there [in the league], were really good for a long spell and just drew it – that's now not the reason for today, it's a few weeks back anyway, but you asked about the last few weeks.

"So, the problems we had in the United games were completely different to the things we had today. Yes, the goals we conceded are too easy, that's probably a general thing that is true."

The results in the last seven days in the Premier League have seen the Reds gift Manchester City the driving seat in the title race, with the current holders now sitting two points clear atop of the table heading into the final six weeks of the season.