Liverpool trail Manchester City by seven, having played one game more, and Klopp admitted his team have neither the games nor the required performance level to be viewed as title competitors.
Guardiola's side travel to Anfield on Sunday, yet having gone 68-games unbeaten at Anfield, Liverpool have now lost to Burnley and now Brighton, and failed to score in three consecutive games at home unexpectedly since 1984.
Following the Brighton defeat, Klopp said: "The gap to City … I'm Liverpool manager thus I need to say we need to be champions, and obviously we do, yet you need games for it and we need performances for it and we don't have that.
"We will battle for three points, it is not concluded who will get the three points on Sunday, yet we need to play better and we will attempt. These gaps are not intriguing right now. They are the consequence of the outcomes we had as of now. What we can impact is the following game. Today it was adequately not. We realize that and we need to change that."
Steven Alzate scored for Graham Potter's side, conveying Brighton's first win against Liverpool since 1982, however Klopp yielded the guests completely merited their triumph.
He added: "Brighton properly dominated the match, deservedly won it. They were fresher than us, they accomplished more beneficial things than we and we lost such a large number of simple balls. The most ideal approach to shield Brighton is to keep the ball and afterward you have control. We didn't make a ton, and for me the group looked mentally exhausted this evening.
"That prompts not the best play too. It was an extreme week going to London and back twice. We were not fresh enough which implies we were no good enough to break Brighton's defense and in the end they scored an important goal and had other chance. They had the right to win."
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