Liverpool players will be feeling like "absolute garbage" following their 4-3 defeat to AFC Bournemouth, according to the former Anfield striker John Aldridge. The Reds gave away their two-goal lead as the hosts came from behind to seal a crucial win at home in the Premier League fixture at the Vitality Stadium on 4 December.
Sadio Mane gave the Merseyside club a lead in the 20th minute before Divock Origi doubled the lead two minutes later. Callum Wilson pulled one back for Eddie Howe's side, but Emre Can made sure Jurgen Klopp's side maintained the two-goal lead by smashing into Bournemouth's net in the 64th minute.
However, the Cherries scored thrice in the final quarter, which included Nathan Ake's winner in the third minute of stoppage time to help Bournemouth seal three points. The league defeat was Liverpool's second of this campaign, following their 2-0 loss to Burnley in August.
Aldridge has identified injuries to key players as a reason for Liverpool's latest defeat to Bournemouth.
"Let me tell you from experience, suffering defeats like the one against Bournemouth leaves you down as a player. For the next few days, they'll be feeling like absolute garbage," Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
"I don't think it's the sort of result which will give Jurgen Klopp any sort of fresh focus to what awaits him for the rest of the season.
"For the players? Maybe subconsciously, but then, knowing Klopp, he wouldn't have let them get carried away in the first place.
"He's a great man manager and he will get it across to the players in the first place: a good start doesn't mean you're nailed on to win something, and neither does a defeat mean you're not going to do anything.
"Don't forget, we've been dealing with quite a few injuries, and the manager knows that. There were good young lads on the bench but you need your match winners, like a fully-fit Adam Lallana, Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings."