Dejan Lovren blames tiredness for Liverpool's slip-up draw at the Stadium of Light.
The Reds defender is convinced the Liverpool players were a little tired after playing two games in three days, causing them to play out a 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Monday.
“It’s not possible to play two games at a high level in the space of just two days, especially as the first one was such a massive game against Man City when we were running everywhere," Lovren said as the Mirror reported.
“Physically, it was really tough. I don’t know why the fixtures are arranged like that. But I don’t want to talk about that. I don’t want to look for excuses.
“It is what it is. we need to keep moving on and keep our heads high. A point is better than nothing.”
Lovren isn't worried about the gap between them and table-toppers Chelsea, saying he is looking forward to matches against the Premier League's big boys.
He added: “There is still half a season to go. There are so many games in front of us and in front of Chelsea.
“We just have to concentrate on ourselves. We will have more ups and downs throughout the season. We need to learn from the mistakes we made against Sunderland.
“We weren’t at 100% from the beginning. We only woke up after they’d had a couple of chances. Some better teams would have scored those chances so we need to tighten up.
“I’d prefer we took the three points and reduced that gap to Chelsea.
“But now we have big games in front of us. I’d say we like to play against the big teams. There’s a lot to play for.”