Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described Thursday’s 1-0 home loss to Chelsea as a “massive blow” as his side set an unwanted club record of five successive home league losses.

A sixth Premier League defeat in its last nine games left the champion in seventh spot and facing the prospect of finishing outside the top four having waltzed to the title last season. The extent of Liverpool’s frustration was there for all to see when top scorer Mohamed Salah was substituted just past the hour – the Egyptian clearly baffled by the decision as he took his place on the bench shaking his head.

While injuries to key players have contributed to Liverpool’s demise, the lack of intensity in its play is mystifying and Klopp looked deflated on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, we cannot say it is only at home,” Klopp said. “It is not about Anfield or whatever, it is in general, too often. In the decisive…

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