The end of an era: how a wasted summer led to Liverpool’s collapse | Sachin Nakrani

Jürgen Klopp’s inability to reinforce their exhausted midfield was once again exposed in defeat at Brighton

It was at the very end of Jürgen Klopp’s post-match press conference at the Amex Stadium on Saturday that he was the asked the question most people in the room were probably thinking about asking themselves: was his decision to take off Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Joël Matip as part of quadruple substitution midway through the second half symbolic of this Liverpool team being past it?

“It’s our fault you can ask this question, I understand it, but the changes have nothing to do with that,” Klopp said with characteristic defiance, but ultimately his demeanour gave him away. Head bowed, voice lowered, concern etched across his face; the German, quite clearly, recognised his side’s loss to Brighton being as noteworthy as it was emphatic.

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