Jurgen Klopp questioned his Liverpool midfield for their part in Manchester City’s 5-0 mauling on Saturday.
The Reds slipped to a comprehensive defeat at the Etihad Stadium, at least in part due to Sadio Mane’s first-half sending-off.
But the scoreline when Mane was dismissed was only 1-0, as Liverpool capitulated to slip to the heaviest defeat of Klopp’s tenure so far.
The German must have read 16 Conclusions, because he highlighted an almost non-existent midfield.
“If we lose the ball in the middle, then they can play the ball there,” said Klopp. “City are always playing like this. They use opportunities like this pretty well.
“The first goal was so easy to defend… push up! Then two players are offside.
“But we didn’t, and that’s what the first half was like, we weren’t compact enough and didn’t cause them enough problems. I was not happy, but I also realise we had those kind of situations going forward too.
“City is very offensive-oriented and we are very offensive-oriented.
“And if players are properly defending in midfield… we are usually much better at that than we were against City.
“You can win games like this, but we had no chance against City with one man down. But can we play better against City with one man down? Yes, for sure.”