Philippe Coutinho admits Liverpool were the architects of their own downfall in Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.
The Reds endured a dreadful start to the game as they found themselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes following a series of embarrassing defensive errors.
Liverpool start set the tone for the horror show that proceeded to pan out, with Coutinho himself being granted few opportunities to make a significant impact.
The Brazilian has since stressed the importance of greater concentration from his team in order to rectify the mistakes that continue to cost Jurgen Klopp’s men.
“The goals were goals that could have been prevented,” Coutinho told ESPN Brasil.
“It started out wide and we end up conceding one of those goals the manager speaks about. He speaks a lot about this — we’ve conceded a lot of goals like this. And obviously in attack we were unable to score the goals necessary to draw or turn around the game.
“We have to improve this as quickly as possible in order to win games and fight more. With difficult games like this one, we know it’s these things that decide them.”
“So we need to concentrate more to deal with balls like this.”
“The first goal was scored after four minutes and the second one after 12 or 13. It’s difficult to play away from home against a strong team when you start like that.”
“We have to work hard. Those passages of play, those set pieces from wide positions. We have to concentrate more to deal with them.”
Dejan Lovren found himself on the hot seat having been primarily at fault for Tottenham’s two early goals, scored by Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.
Backlash has taken an ugly turn from the usual response to Liverpool’s defensive frailties, with Klopp’s failure to strengthen in the centre-back department over the summer again coming under scrutiny.
Another crushing defeat to a top six rival represents good reason for the Reds boss to make drastic changes to his starting lineup.
As good as Simon Mignolet has been in recent months, there is a strong case for the goalkeeper being dropped after his shoddy display at the weekend.
The likes of Coutinho and Mohamed Salah don’t deserve to be burdened by their teammates on a weekly basis.