Liverpool limped to defeat against Brighton at Anfield. It was a swift return to reality for the Reds in a 0-1 defeat against Graham Potter’s Seagulls at Anfield.
Klopp’s side had not lost at home since April 2017 up until their recent loss against Burnley.
Now they have managed to lose two in two.
1. Liverpool afraid to shoot.
In a strange turn of events, Liverpool reverted to the tactics seen throughout their awful January run. No player appeared willing to shoot. Thiago played Firmino through with an intelligent pass when many expected him to go direct and the Brazilian took too long to pull the trigger.
2. No willing runners from deep into the box.
A key to the Reds recent success in London has been the willingness of James Milner to run into the opposition area. Wijnaldum carried the ball capably all game but nobody offered that extra body in attack.
Thus no space was created for Firmino, Shaqiri or Salah to exploit. Simple and straightforward for Brighton’s defenders.
3. Too predictable in attack.
Fluidity and creativity disappeared tonight.
Liverpool struggled to find space in the middle of the pitch so they went wide to Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson. Unfortunately, the ball took too long to get to the fullbacks and their crosses were met by comfortable centre backs.
Divock Origi was introduced half-way through the second half but as mentioned after the game against West Ham – he has reached the end of his usefulness at Anfield.
4. We cannot beat a low-block.
Predictably, it was a low-block that unraveled Liverpool’s recent upturn in form. We have struggled with this tactic all season and nothing appears to be changing. It is testament to how much we have suffered against sides in the lower end of the table that we actually have the best record of any club against the league’s top six.
Innovations in tactics are desperately required.
5. Caoimhin Kelleher has signed Adrian’s exit papers.
On a more positive note, Kelleher performed exceptionally tonight. He was brought in to replace Alisson Becker after the Brazilian came down with an illness prior to kick-off. The young Irishman was brilliant. Sweeping where necessary and hardly at fault for Brighton’s winner.