Liverpool were presented with the opportunity to consolidate their stranglehold on top 4 when Southampton came to Anfield – a win would’ve taken the Reds ahead of Manchester City in 3rd, but instead Liverpool produced a dire performance which saw a blow in their hopes for Champions League football next term.
Before kick off, a lot of supporters were saying how a win here would be a huge statement of intent as it would be a mental and tactical block cleared by Jurgen Klopp’s side. Some pundits were tipping us to win comfortably – but I don’t think they saw the bigger picture when it came to tactics and personnel.
Liverpool made a slow start – there were no clear cut opportunities in what was a poor, sleep-inducing first 45 minutes at Anfield. The second half did at least see a bit more urgency and attacking impetus from the home side. And when Jack Stephens was adjudged to have hand-balled inside the box, James Milner missed the chance to put the Reds ahead from the spot, as Fraser Forster pushed his low drive wide.
The Anfield crowd became increasingly restless – Marko Grujic tested Forster late on with a header, but in truth, Liverpool did nowhere near enough to get the points. The curse this year against Southampton continues.
I do feel that Klopp should not be immune to criticism. He is a very likeable manager, with his fervid personality. That said, it’s time for him to start taking responsibility for his team’s failings. Whether you like it or not, you have to admit that Jurgen Klopp got it wrong on several fronts today – whichever way you dress it up.
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