Andy Robertson admitted Liverpool have gotten worse for the reason that season resumed following the World Cup.
The Reds have received simply as soon as in six matches in all competitions for the reason that flip of the yr and had been dumped out of the FA Cup by Brighton on Sunday.
Back on the scene of a 3-0 Premier League thumping a fortnight in the past – which Jurgen Klopp described because the worst of his managerial profession – Liverpool appeared destined for no less than a replay after Lewis Dunk’s fortunate strike cancelled out Harvey Elliott’s opener.
But Japan star Kaoru Mitoma volleyed a dramatic winner to seal a 2-1 victory and knock the holders out.
“It’s bitterly disappointing. I thought it was a proper cup tie – end-to-end, both teams had chances,” left-back Robertson instructed ITV. “We were slightly better than two weeks ago, but at the end of the day we’re out of the cup. It’s so disappointing.
“We need to start winning games. It’s easy to say and harder to fix. This season has been nowhere near good enough. We wanted a new start at the turn of the year. If anything we’ve been worse.
“You can’t put your finger on one thing that’s gone wrong, it’s more than that. You can tell we’re not confident in front of goal, we’re still a bit open defensively. We need to get our confidence back.
“I feel sorry for the fans. They were unbelievable and we’ve let them down again.”
Mitoma admitted his winner was the spotlight of his Brighton profession to this point.
It was a spectacular strike, the winger bamboozling Joe Gomez as he managed Pervis Estupinan’s cross on the far submit earlier than rifling the ball house.
“I think it’s my best moment so far, a great goal at the end of the game and we won because of this goal. I’m very happy,” he instructed Albion TV.
“We have the confidence now to play against every opponent. We prepared well and played tactically well. We’ll keep going but we have to stay humble.
“Every match is important. We focus on the next game. We have to keep going.”