Liverpool is beaten by two goals to nil at Anfield by Atalanta in game four of the Champions League group stages.
It is safe to say that the team tonight did not perform to the standards that we expected. We looked all over the place tonight and the lads that Jurgen Klopp picked to start the game looked like they couldn’t be bothered in some moments, Divock Origi will forever be a favourite for all of the incredible moments over the years but sometimes you’ve got to know when to move on and I think his time at Liverpool is coming to an end.
Sadio Mane looked absolutely knackered and I’m surprised he played the full 90 minutes, he didn’t even get one opportunity tonight and he’ll be going home very frustrated. Mo Salah was probably the most well-rested player on the pitch and didn’t cause any damage either, the entire team was just off the boil tonight and that’s probably a combination of tiredness and different players being in the starting eleven and not gelling well with others.
We’re lucky that we can afford a defeat here tonight and still have games against Ajax and Mitjdyland to play to gain some more points but those two matches will be tough.
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The midfield just seemed non-existent tonight and I think they were trying to make up for the lack of confidence in defence. Joel Matip being the most experienced out of the four and I was just hoping every time he went in for a challenge he wouldn’t come out of it injured cause we can’t afford another injury. Klopp would have preferred to have kept Andy Robertson and Fabinho on the bench for the full 90 minutes tonight I think so having to call upon them for the final 25 minutes wasn’t ideal.
Saying what I’ve just said above, this stat posted by Opta after the game tonight is quite something.
Liverpool lost a competitive home match by a margin of more than one goal for the first time in 137 matches at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp, with this their heaviest such defeat since August 2015 in the Premier League against West Ham under Brendan Rodgers (0-3)
Brighton Away Next
A heavy load of fixtures over the next couple of weeks with Brighton away on Saturday. A 12’30pm kick off won’t be welcomed by Klopp or his players but we’ve got to perform a lot better than we did tonight.
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Lauren – @Lauren_Black9