Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was insistent before Brighton that more January transfers are unlikely. But the Reds boss cannot escape criticism as well as FSG.
Liverpool are in such a mess at the current moment that Jürgen Klopp does not appear to have the answers. Quite what the Reds have been working on in training this week remains to be seen, but it categorically did not work at Brighton.
In just six games, Liverpool will take on Real Madrid in the last-16 of the Champions League. Brighton might have been made to look like the European champions, such was the level of performance from those in red, but the actual thing will be licking their lips with delight.
Liverpool, in this state, will be demolished inside the first leg at Anfield, with the Reds perhaps fortunate they will have the boost of the home crowd behind them first on the current evidence.
As much as the need for new signings is screaming everyone in the face, Klopp cannot escape scrutiny too. This, after all, is largely the same group that nearly won the lot last season — and now looks a pale imitation.
Naby Keïta was bafflingly left on the bench when it has been clear for weeks that the Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcântara midfield trio has not worked. Against Alexis Mac Allister and Moisés Caicedo, it was always going to be embarrassed.
Bringing on 17-year-old Ben Doak was an act of desperation that is unfair on the youngster, while Cody Gakpo has hardly had the start to life at Liverpool that he would have liked.
There are issues at Liverpool beyond their transfer market stance at this stage. Keïta should have started, but that was not the only problem in the center of the park.
Adam Lallana, turning 35 in May, was able to dance around the Liverpool midfield like they were not there at the Amex Stadium, while the experiment with Thiago fell flat.
Thiago, deployed as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1, was unable to touch the ball in the first half, positioned far too high upfield to make an impact, and drowned out among the high intensity of Brighton.
Rather than getting more players high up the pitch in an attempt to press their way of out the hole they have put themselves in, Liverpool’s only option now is a change of tact.
Quite simply, the only way their form will turn around is by getting men behind the ball, conceding possession, and being defensive, looking to counter-attack.