Hull boost survival hopes and pile misery on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Their malaise, again in evidence as they ran out of attacking ideas against Hull - losing to goals from the Tigers' on-loan Senegalese strikers, debutant Alfred N'Diaye and Oumar Niasse - has been put down to numerous factors.

He was smart enough, after some early tinkering, to leave well enough alone and just organise them to be good defensively.

He spoke after the Wolves game of getting all his best players back for the Anfield encounter with Chelsea and sure enough, they looked good against Conte's team.

"I cannot say I did not have the backing".

Yet even Klopp himself sounded as if he could not fathom the reasons as he told the BBC after the game: "We gave both goals away easily, the overall performance was not like it should be".

As a result, they have fallen outside of the top four which is now occupied by leaders Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Current boss Jurgen Klopp is trying to change Liverpool's fortunes and guided the Reds to the finals of the League Cup and the Europa League last season, though his side came up short in both.

Chief Executive Ian Ayre announced this week he is standing down, but Wallace, the Chief Football Writer for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, insists the Fenway Group have no plans to change the manager and indeed Klopp's position is as strong as ever.

"I don't think there is. We need to wake up, that was not acceptable". "We need to show much more consistency". To say Liverpool's title hopes have been dented by their Dry January and now February is something of an understatement. Liverpool played 10 games in January, winning just one, but the pairing of Henderson and Can for this game raised a few questions.

"But it's not about talking about where we want to be". "We have shown a few times. After today's performance we don't have to think about this - we have to show now that we can work together and be ready to go for everything".

"We didn't show the right mood".

He added on the BBC's Match of the Day program on Sunday: "I found it odd in the summer I've got to say because, if you look at the pure facts, Jurgen Klopp came in and I think he changed the perception in the city and the football club".

The Sky Sports pundit doesn't think either Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet have what it takes to steer the Reds towards trophy success or a return to the Champions League if they persist with either custodian.

  • Stacy Allen