Jurgen Klopp acknowledged "something is not right" with Liverpool's performances after they laboured to a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Reds endured a frustrating outing in a drab encounter at Selhurst Park, missing the chance to record three Premier League wins in a row for just the second time this term.
Both Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah hit the woodwork for the visitors, who were without Darwin Nunez for the trip to London, which came on the heels of a 5-2 Champions League loss to Real Madrid.
Despite dropping points once again, Klopp focused on taking a result back to Anfield, though he remains troubled by his side's hit-and-miss form.
"I liked the start to the game," he told Sky Sports. "The dynamic was good, the passes were good. In the end, because we didn't threaten them in behind enough, we had to play in between the lines.
"They had no shots on target. I think we had three or four. We hit the crossbar. Usually, we score one or two [of] the chances we had. We didn't do that tonight.
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"I think we killed the atmosphere with the way we played. When football is predictable, it means it's easier to defend. You feel something is not right.
"But it's an away point and it's okay. It's not brilliant, but it's okay."
Having thrown away a two-goal lead against Madrid in midweek, questions of a European hangover could have been levelled at Liverpool following their performance at Palace, but Klopp argued his side did not suffer from their continental exploits.
"I didn't see a massive influence [from the Real Madrid game]," he added. "If we score, we go home and win 1-0."
Midfielder James Milner echoed his manager's comments and stressed Liverpool's destiny remains firmly of their own making this term.
"We have to keep going," he said. "We're our harshest critics. It's important we don't listen to the noise outside.
"It's down to us. We're the only ones who can change it. We've fallen short this year. We have to dig down."