Liverpool fell to another loss on Saturday afternoon after imploding against Brendan Rodgers side. After dominating the game for 75 minutes, and taking the lead through Mo Salah’s wonderful goal in the 67th. The Reds then went on to concede three times in the space of six minutes.
It’s a major blow to the Reds season that leaves them clinging on to a Champions League space in the table. This was a game rife with quality, controversy and mistakes. Here are the major talking points on the loss to Leicester.
Liverpool Take the Lead
After being the best team in the game for over an hour, Liverpool found the quality they’ve been lacking in recent weeks. Alexander-Arnold found Roberto Firmino who then produced the assist of the season. From there Salah had all the time in the world to place a first-time finish past Schmeical.
It was a cathartic and welcome goal for the Reds who had been more energetic and fluid throughout the game. Klopp’s team are still struggling with the final ball that could put games like this out of sight, but the first 70 minutes of the game were encouraging for Liverpool. What happened from there, was an implosion.
Sloppiness created the free kick that gifted Leicester an equaliser. Firstly, Firmino gave the ball away cheaply in his own half. Then, Thiago dangled a leg as Harvey Barnes was judged to have been fouled inside the Liverpool box. VAR took a lengthy look at this and correctly judged that it would in fact be a free kick to the Foxes.
Ultimately for Liverpool, it didn’t matter. Maddison curled the free kick home. Originally it was called offside as Amartey made an attempt to play the ball before it flew past Alisson. After spending the following five minutes drawing lines, Leicester were given the goal. This was a call that has often gone against the Reds. It’s another VAR decision that is going to dominate discussions over the next week.
More Liverpool Mistakes
After the goal was given, Liverpool then imploded. A lofted ball over the top saw Alisson flying off his line. Debutant Ozan Kabak clearly didn’t get the memo as he deflected the ball into the path of Jamie Vardy to slot home yet another goal against Klopp’s team.
There was a clear lack of communication between defence and goalkeeper, and ultimately has cost Liverpool points and may become decisive in the race for European communication. Harvey Barnes then scored another to put his team out of sight.
There are too many mistakes in this Liverpool side. Too often a game is decided from someone being careless or just outright stupid. It is costing Klopp’s side too many points. It’s a situation that needs to be taken control of.
Where Do We Go From Here?
These have gone from worrying times to a crisis for Jürgen Klopp. Leicester are now 6 points above Liverpool, who have numerous teams ready to leap over them in the table. The opening 70 minutes were encouraging, but the last ten were real cause concern. Playing well isn’t going to matter when the results don’t follow.
Time is running out on this season. Before long, Liverpool will be in the Europa League spots and go from title favourites to lucky to be in European places. Yes injuries have killed this season (another with Milner going off today). But without Champions League football, transfer targets and budgets change.
RB Leipzig are up next, there is a real need a good result otherwise things will continue to spiral with little time to turn this season around.