"I know nobody wants to hear it but I’m brave enough to say it," said the Reds boss. "The pitch was really dry. We gave all the water we had and after 15 minutes it was really dry because of the wind. You could see it was difficult and a lot of passes you thought “why are they playing this?
"In a possession game you need to have the best, if possible, and in a home game especially you need the best circumstances. Today we couldn’t have this. That is nobody’s fault. Everybody tried everything and it didn’t work out."
The result leaves Liverpool in third place in the Premier League, although Man City or Man Utd could leapfrog them if they win their games in hand, and even Arsenal could finish above them.