Liverpool is beaten at home by Chelsea after a Mason Mount goal.
What’s The Answer?
I honestly don’t know what the answer to this problem is.
We’re past the point of excuses now for me, we can’t continue to blame Covid or the loss of players to injuries throughout the season. A game of this magnitude tonight and just how important it was for the remainder of the season would be enough for the players to go out there and put on a 10/10 performance but that just didn’t happen.
First half we were slow in building up which has been a problem for us for a while now it seems, we tried to play the long ball over the top but that didn’t quite come off and it’s not surprising considering Chelsea had two 6 foot plus centre-backs, and Chelsea pretty much dominated the midfield from the get-go also.
The game against Sheffield Utd was good and our midfield looked strong both in and out of possession but tonight Chelsea just seemed to overrun us on every bit of the pitch. A great individual goal from Mason Mount but we’ve got to be making a bit more of an effort when trying to block that shot.
The opening of the second half started well for Liverpool and it looked as though we had a bit of a spark with the pace of the passing improving and energy going forward looking sharper but then we seemed to back away again and instead of trying to look for an opportunity forward we just ended up passing back to the defenders and trying to build something from the back which wasn’t working.
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Timo Werner looked very sharp tonight and got himself in some good positions, he played on Fabinho’s lack of fitness tonight which would have been a talking point for Chelsea I think in the build-up to this game.
I’m not sure what the thinking was behind Mo Salah coming off so early in the second half, we’re one-nil down in a huge top-four challenge match and yet he takes our top scorer off and replaces him with Diogo Jota who hasn’t played for months. Don’t get me wrong, I was very happy to see Jota back in the squad and back on the pitch tonight but he was lacking that little bit of extra sharpness, which is understandable, and could have maybe benefited from a forward-thinking player like Salah being on the pitch with him.
I hate to be so negative after a match but it’s hard to pick out any positive from tonight’s game. It’s a tough time for this squad at the moment and they seem to have found themselves in a rut they just can’t escape for long enough. There’s been a couple of times over the last two months that we have looked to be coming out the other side only to be dragged right back into a mess.
Fulham Up Next
At home to Fulham on Sunday and a few months ago you’re not nervous about this type of game at all but right now I don’t even want to think about us playing another game of football at home. Let’s hope the squad has a different mentality ahead of this fixture.
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Lauren – @Lauren_Black9