Clarke has another theory as to why his team were below par at Anfield, claiming the fixture may have been a bridge too far after a tough run of games.
"We're still growing as a team, group and club," he reflected.
"To go to Manchester United and produce a big performance and win, compete very, very well against Arsenal who were the leaders at the time and get a point, go into a difficult game at Stoke and produce another good performance that should have got us three points, and you're then wanting the players to come again at Liverpool - it's a big ask.
"I think the fixture list has not been too kind to us of late."
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