Jurgen Klopp made a strange point of insisting Liverpool were creatively 'outstanding' against Everton.
The Reds are 16 points behind Manchester City in the table as any hope of winning the title surely evaporated on Saturday.
And it could not come in a more miserable way after losing to local rivals Everton at Anfield for the first time in 22 years.
The 2-0 result also saw Liverpool lose four home matches in a row for the first time since 1923.
It came about after Richarlison opened the scoring within three minutes, being put through by James Rodriguez as Ozan Kabak failed to read the danger.
Shortly after, Jordan Henderson came off to give Klopp another defensive headache while Gylfi Sigurdsson made sure of the win with a late penalty.
It was a complete display by the Toffees, who were brilliant throughout the contest and deserved the three points.
There was a brief awakening from the home side early in the second half but Everton defended astutely and managed to handle Liverpool's tricky forwards.
Jordan Pickford made some fine saves but to suggest the Reds were deserving of anything other than a loss would be unjustifiable.
However, Klopp bizarrely claimed that his side were creatively outstanding despite the scoreline.
He said: "The creating was great – it's outstanding against this deep block [that Everton played with]. Even I can say though that talking about the good stuff wasn't good enough today.
"Most importantly we have to admit that they scored twice and we didn't so that makes the result.
"Around their goals I think we created enough but we didn't finish the situations off. We weren't clinical."
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Liverpool sit sixth in the table as it stands but could drop even lower, with the likes of Everton, Aston Villa and Tottenham all able to jump above them if they win their games in hand.
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