Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits his side cannot have a successful title defence with their current performances.
The Reds went down to a 1-0 home defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
It was their second home loss of the campaign having gone unbeaten for almost four years at Anfield in the league.
Klopp’s side have also now failed to score in three consecutive home league games for the first time since October 1984.
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They have won just two of the last eight league matches and it has left them fourth, seven points behind the Premier League leaders, who have a match in hand.
“The gap to City… I am manager of Liverpool and so you ask and I have to say we want to be champions but you need games for it and we need performances for it and we don’t have that,” Klopp after the defeat to Brighton.
“We fight for three points, it is not decided who will get the three points on Sunday. We have to play better and we will try.
“These gaps are not interesting at the moment. They are the result of the results we had already.
“What we can influence is the next game. Tonight it was not enough. We know that and we have to change that.”