Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Football Reporting
Football Reporting

Football News

Liverpool vs Brighton, reaction, Mohamed Salah, Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City, Title race

Back-to-back 3-1 victories over Tottenham and West Ham had Liverpool right back in title contention but a shock loss to Brighton on Thursday has familiar problems resurfacing.

The 1-0 defeat was Liverpool’s second-straight at Anfield after a 68-game home winning streak.

It was the first time they had suffered back-to-back defeats on home soil since September 2012 and the third-straight match they had been held scoreless there.

Watch European Football with beIN SPORTS and ESPN on Kayo. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >

Liverpool now brace for a monumental game in the context of their title hopes on Monday [AEDT] – hosting ladder leaders Manchester City, who sit seven points ahead of them with a game in hand.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The hope for Jurgen Klopp will be that Liverpool rise to the occasion against a highly-fancied opponent.

After all, their horror record against lowly rivals could cost them the title.

Liverpool have taken home just seven points from a possible 21 against bottom-six teams (one win, four draws and two losses).

Andy Robertson was blunt in his verdict on the defeat post-game, declaring they simply did not show up.

“Brighton were the better team. We were hugely disappointing all over the park,” he told BBC Sport.

“You have to give the team credit for playing well. They created chances, pressed us – did everything we wanted to do.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“We didn’t really do anything of note. With a long record of going unbeaten we’ve lost two. When you don’t show up you don’t get results.”

Get all the latest football news, highlights and analysis delivered straight to your inbox with Fox Sports Sportmail. Sign up now!!!

He went on to admit that Liverpool are “not in the title race” with the blockbuster City clash looming.

There are obviously plenty of excuses for the defending champs to turn to but even it should not have been enough to see them fall to Brighton.

Liverpool’s once intimidating aura of invincibility – the one that had transformed Anfield into a fortress – is fading fast and their title hopes are flickering.

Admittedly there is plenty of quality sitting on the sidelines in Alisson Becker, Sadio Mane, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Liverpool have been ravaged by injuries in defence but it is actually being most felt at the front, with Jordan Henderson’s move away from the midfield stifling their attack.

“The worrying thing is they don’t even look like scoring,” former Reds striker Michael Owen said post-game on Optus Sport after Liverpool registered just one shot on target.

“Normally you’d expect Liverpool [to mount] wave after wave of attack, [have] shots on target. Anyone can go through a game and not score a goal — that’s happened to the best of them. But, Liverpool … have not looked themselves.”

Owens refused to put the result solely down to the injury toll, instead looking at another issue that he believes would leave Liverpool players “banging your head against the wall.”

“We can cross out physical [fatigue] because when things are going well, you can run and run and run,” he said.

“It’s so exciting because things are happening.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“The problem is when it goes the other way. When you’re struggling to find a pass, to beat a packed defence.

“All of a sudden, you start getting doubts. You start questioning yourself, your teammates. It becomes a heavy, lugging thing on your back.

“You’re banging your head against the wall and start questioning everything. It starts getting tiring, mentally tiring. You’re questioning yourself – and there are a lot of questions at the moment.”

Currently the Reds look too reliant on Mohamed Salah to provide spark and creativity in attack and it left former England striker Peter Crouch calling on Roberto Firmino, who earns£180,000-a-week ($A322,000) according to Sportrac, to lift his game.

“There’s over-reliance on Salah. Firmino’s got to step up,” Crouch told BT Sport.

“It felt like he was coming back into it, but Salah’s the one scoring the goals.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“It was a shame when [Diogo] Jota got injured as he was pushing them to start.

“When Salah’s not on it or he misses chances I just don’t think there’s enough. When Mane’s out and Jota’s out, there’s not enough in the team to score goals.”

Klopp himself seemed somewhat lost for answers post-game, only really pinpointing a testing week of games as a contributing factor.

“We played against really good opposition. For us it looked like this week was too tough,” he told BT Sport.

“I have no explanation at the moment other than we had a tough week and a tough opponent.

“We didn’t create enough. We had good a phase in the second half and [Brighton] felt it, but they came through and we didn’t, that’s a fact.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

You would think Liverpool lift for their highly-anticipated clash with Manchester City but while they slumped to a 1-0 defeat, Pep Guardiola’s men cruised to a 2-0 victory over Burnley.

Now they have kicked clear at the top of the ladder and are looking like a clinical beast that can keep that momentum going.

Source link

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like