Jurgen Klopp admitted defeat at struggling Bournemouth was a “big knock” for Liverpool and pointed to poor away form as the reason behind their inconsistent Premier League campaign.
The Reds were brought back down to earth as Philip Billing scored the only goal of the game to give the Cherries a 1-0 win, six days on from Liverpool’s 7-0 thrashing of fierce rivals Manchester United.
Mohamed Salah shanked a second-half penalty wide to sum up a poor display on a wet and windy south-coast afternoon, with Liverpool missing out on a chance to break into the top four ahead of the second leg of their Champions League tie with Real Madrid.
“There is a lot to go for but today is not the moment to talk about that,” Klopp said after the game.
“This game was a massive knock. You know how it is with knocks, you have to take them and see how big the scars are and go from there.”
Only Arsenal and Manchester City, the league’s top two sides, have a better home record than Liverpool – but they have won just three of their 13 games away from Anfield, losing seven.
“Concerned? Yes, I see it,” Klopp said on his side’s performances on the road.
“In the home games we are in the top four but in the away games we are not even in Europe, there is always a reason and our away results is for sure [the reason].
“It was a big strength for us in the last year, it made a real difference, but that is how it is.
“We get a penalty, miss the penalty and it looked a little bit for me that if we score there it would give us a proper boost but we didn’t and then you could see we were in a bit of a rush, we didn’t create enough.
“We lost the game and it is very, very, very frustrating.”