Liverpool run out of puff against West Ham
Liverpool’s game against West Ham was one ear marked for redemption. Redemption from the truly awful 15 minute display in the game against Bournemouth where we threw again a 2 goal cushion twice! After the game there was a lot of talk – pointing the finger and discussions on how it wouldn’t happen again. For some actions speak louder than words and many were looking for the action. How would Klopp’s reds react to last weekend?
- Liverpool conceded four in last weekend’s loss at Bournemouth
- Kop awaiting a positive reaction
- Lallana made a return to the starting line up
- Superb start within the first five minutes
- Liverpool shipped two avoidable first-half goals
- Lost ground on the leading pack with both Chelsea and Arsenal winning
- Liverpool back line that has now conceded 20 goals in 15 league games – the worst record among the teams in the top six
Liverpool’s game against West Ham
Adam Lallana’s smart low finish had put Liverpool ahead inside five minutes. His first start since his injury, despite that he showed his amazing close control. His sheer class allowed him to adjust his angle on the spot before slotting home.
A Payet 25-yard free kick put the visitors level, whilst an impressive free kick it was still something you’d hope and to a certain extent expect Karius to save. By this time it was heart in mouth again. All hoping to not see a repeat of last week’s efforts against Bournemouth.
We didn’t have long to mull it over before disaster….a dodgy cross, messed up by Matip, Karius on no man’s land where Antonio scored the easiest goal of the night. Another goal that did not reflect well on a Karius. Whilst it wasn’t entirely his fault, I can’t think of a time when I thought ‘wow, if Karius hadn’t manage to…we’d be in trouble…”
You sense that to win a title you do need a keeper who can just tidy up the mistakes. It feels at times that almost every time our defense makes an error it’s resulting in a goal. This needs to change….
Great team talk prompted change
In the 2nd half you sensed that Klopp really inspired his team to pull their finger out. As within seconds they looked to almost step it up a gear. Wave after wave of attack prompted an eventual mistake by West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph. Dropping a cross into the path of Divock Origi. He doesn’t need much of an invitation to score these days.
Jürgen Klopp later revealed what he told his players at half-time; “At half-time we told the boys ‘cool down, ignore the result in this game and we are able to score once, twice or three times if we go back to our usual idea’,” said the Reds boss.
Liverpool continued for pretty much the rest of the game in similar vein. Randolph made amends with an amazing save later on. Jordan Henderson attempting a Chelsea style shot – sadly this time no goal. Attack…attack…missed opportunity. West Ham were resilient and held on for that vital draw.
Reaction from Klopp
“We did what we had to do, playing football with passion and the crowd was great for all 90 minutes.”
“We tried everything. One West Ham goal was a free-kick and one was lucky. They were 2-1 up and we had some great offensive situations and should have had more. We tried everything. We were often in the box, a lot of situations.”
“It felt like the whole time we were were in their box. We needed a bit of luck. A draw doesn’t feel too good, doesn’t feel too bad.”
“The goals could have been avoided. For the first goal – don’t make the foul, don’t lose the ball. The second goal was unlucky. Joel Matip had a fantastic game and in this moment he couldn’t clear the ball. Loris Karius was surprised and it was too late.”
“In the second-half we had lots of situations in the box, it felt like we was in their box for the whole game but it’s not that simple. It’s all about making the right decisions and you need a little bit of luck.”
Difficult at the moment
Sadly, it was the result we didn’t want. Or come to expect. We have almost run out of luck. Liverpool run out of puff against West Ham. That is 5 points dropped in the past 2 games. It is really difficult at the moment. Hard to stomach knowing Chelsea are 6 points ahead now. I just cling onto Klopp’s comments last weekend about titles not being won at Christmas. It’s so true – but teams have been ruled out by New Year!
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