Georginio Wijnaldum emphasised his discontent as Liverpool slumped to their fourth straight home defeat.
An early goal in the first half through Richarlison and a late Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty saw the Reds city rivals move level on points with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The reigning Premier League champions did offer resistance despite the early goal as Jordan Pickford was forced to turn Jordan Henderson’s volley round the post.
However, crisis struck – again – just on the half hour mark. Captain Henderson burst past Abdoulaye Doucouré before pulling up.
He tried to carry on but was replaced by Nat Phillips.
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After 18 months of lots of highs and very little lows, the Dutch midfielder touched upon the uncharted territory they find themselves in, he told Liverpoolfc.com post-match:
This is a new situation we are in right now,
In the previous seasons when we created so many chances, we always scored a goal.
In a season marred by season-ending injuries, makeshift central defenders and ever-changing centre-back pairings, it has had a costly effect on the ruthless attacking machine that teams have become fearful of.
Wijnaldum, whose contract expires this summer, continued,
And now we’re in a period where we create a lot of chances but don’t score the goal. It’s frustrating, especially when you’re on the pitch and you’re playing.
But we just should keep the confidence and just do what we’re doing right now because one time it will turn and we will score the goals again.
Liverpool now have an eight day break before they travel to Bramall Lane to face relegation-threatened Sheffield United.
As a result of the fourth straight home defeat, Jurgen Klopp’s side are three points off fourth place Chelsea as the Toffees move level on points with the Reds with a game in hand over the 19-time champions.