Liverpool’s tough run on the south coast continued as their impressive 15 match unbeaten run ended in dramatic fashion. Leading 2-0 and in control of the game to seemingly implode, eventually losing 4-3. It was a tough lesson, hopefully one that will be a reminder to kill off the game.
Key points from the game:
- Adam Lallana returned to the squad.
- Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn were also on the bench.
- Joel Matip was missed due to injury.
- Divock Origi retained his place in starting line up.
- Sadio Mane broke the deadlock after just 20 minutes.
- Origi scored just minutes, making it 2-0 after total domination.
- Callum Wilson netted from the penalty spot early in the second half.
- Emre Can scored to make it 3-1.
- A late goal from Nathan Ake sealed Liverpool’s fate.
Joel Matip’s ankle injury came as a shock and fans were a little anxious to see Lucas lineup in defence. Sadly in the second half we witnessed an embarrassing collapse in defence. All those fears were brutally realised. You have to question what has Klavan done wrong to be left out of the game.
For me there were two positives to take from the game today.
- Sadio Mané had an impressive display.
- Divock Origi continued his great form, with an impressive strike
Mané has been really quiet, by his high standards the past few games. However he was true to previous form with a perfectly timed run and clinical finish to open the scoring. We actually saw him taking players on – rediscovering the level of performance that saw him make a blistering start to life at Anfield.
Origi just continues to take the chances when they are handed to him. Since he came on for the injured Coutinho at Sunderland he hasn’t looked back – instantly hitting the ground running.
His power and pace allowed him to escape the defensive line and rounded keeper Artur Boruc. We then witnessed a world-class finish from a near-impossible angle.
He had to hit it hard, at pace. Perfect!!! Now Origi’s third goal in as many games and his seventh in his last eight starts. Klopp clearly likes the guy – with the application like that, you can certainly see why.
Loris Karius – questionable contribution
Then came the equaliser. Cook was allowed the time and space to turn inside the area, control the ball then score. What happened to our defence? Where was our leader? It was this aspect that was missing at times last season – times we lost points. I hoped this was a blip not a reoccurring theme.
Sadly every time the Cherries attacked my heart was in my mouth, until disaster – a shot from the left was fumbled by Karius and Ake seized upon the rebound to convert.
No leader. No control. No idea. Was it poor defending or poor goalkeeping?
It may be harsh words, but Karius is our no.1. Mignolet made similar errors last season. I honestly can’t say he’s been upgraded yet. Please, Loris, prove us all wrong. You have to question his contribution at times.
Looking for inspiration
As the game continued, it’s fair to say that we lost our way. Inspiration from the bench was needed to reignite the attack. Sadly this is when our small squad will be exposed. We were missing some key men, Coutinho and Sturridge, both would have made an impact.
I have a feeling that Klopp will find himself being more active than initially expected in the January transfer window.
For many it’s a reality check of not only how far we’ve come, but how much work is still actually needed.
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