Liverpool suffers another defeat after a 3-1 loss on the road to Leicester.
A Mad 20 Minutes
Take away the last 20 minutes of that game and Liverpool actually played very very well. We had Leicester pinned for the majority of the match with Liverpool having plenty of possession and tried to work themselves into some nice positions. We had some chances in the first half that should have been taken, Jordan Henderson with a perfect pass to Mo Salah who races forward and looks like he’s going to score, Ricardo does just enough to put him off I think.
A couple of corners and free-kick opportunities too with Trent Alexander-Arnold going close in the second half and us having a few almost opportunities from set-pieces but gain we couldn’t make anything happen. Leicester seemed to be causing us a few issues on the break, Jamie Vardy having a few opportunities but the post and Alisson denying him.
A beautiful goal from Liverpool in the second half to give us the lead which was a flashback of what we used to be like in attacking situations, great link-up play between Roberto Firmino and Salah and it was no more than we deserved in that moment.
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Thiago has got to get his rash challenges under control, he has committed a lot of unnecessary fouls this season and that one on Harvey Branes today just added to the list. he doesn’t need to be challenging him there and we all thought we were lucky to get away with the penalty, James Madisson then sends in a low free-kick, and all of a sudden they’re level from nothing. I’ve given up on questioning VAR and the officials because you’re never going to get the outcome you want.
I thought it was harsh on Curtis Jones to bring him off, he may not set the world alight for 90 minutes but he’s good with the ball at his feet and if you give him the opportunity he will make something happen. I was glad to see James Milner in the starting XI and he was one of the players to set the tempo of our game in the first 10 minutes so it was disappointing to see him pick up an injury, hopefully, it’s nothing serious.
A Debut To Forget For Kabak
I was happy to see an actual centre-back in the starting eleven today and I was really intrigued to see what Ozan Kabak could do having not seen much of him from his time at Schalke. He started off fine, he wasn’t really tested too much and was kind of just going through the motions of the game. I’m not quite sure who is at fault for their second goal, I don’t think Alisson should be coming off his line there but then he must have given his defenders a shout to say that he was so is it just an unfortunate miscommunication? Who knows but it’s definitely going to be a talking point.
RB Leipzig Up Next
Champions League football returns on Tuesday night and I’m not excited one bit for it.
The situation we are in currently isn’t a position we want to be in and the club knows that, Leipzig will be a tough match and they’re going to want to pounce on how the team is feeling right now. Ross Chandley made a good point on twitter earlier saying we’ve not only lost world class players this season but we’ve also lost the mentality giants and that is a huge concern going forward.
I hate to be a negative Nancy considering how well we performed for the majority of the match but you’ve got to be realistic and you can’t afford t slip up against any team from now on.
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Lauren – @Lauren_Black9