Liverpool At Anfield. A 2-1 lead in the bank. A chance to go 8 points clear of the 5th place. End the small team hoodoo. All gone.
A back 5 while leading 2-1 against Bournemouth – Where's the desire – Klopp?
That was what I was thinking in the 64th minute when I saw Matip warming up. Klopp had said before the game that he’ll have to change the tactics a bit to get Liverpool just over the line during the match as many key players were missing. But Liverpool were absolutely flying as the second half started.
The Cherries could barely get the ball out of their own half. Passing, slick movement and penetration, all were working well for Liverpool. But just as Fraser came on (the orchestra of the reverse 4-3 defeat for Liverpool), Klopp somehow thought that Liverpool could protect a one-goal advantage, and brought on Matip to do that. WhoScored.com knows this, Klopp doesn’t.
As expected Liverpool messed up and dropped 2 points
According to Squawka.com Liverpool have conceded 9 goals from defensive errors, the most in the Premier League after West Ham. The back pass from Gini Wijnaldum which allowed Bournemouth to go 1-0 was dreadful. Though no one will blame him because he has been performing very well recently, it still turned out to be a costly mistake.
The eight matches this season in which Liverpool have made an Opta-defined defensive error leading to a goal. All 5 defeats are in there. pic.twitter.com/GC3le7OB7q
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) March 4, 2017
Liverpool have conceded 39 goals this term, 2 more than 19th placed Middlesborough. And Klopp thought Liverpool could defend a 2-1 lead. Fans couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry
“It’s one point more than before. Not what you wanted, but it could have been worse. We’ve lost already games like these and we didn’t so maybe that is a positive.” – Klopp after the 2-2 draw to Bournemouth.
This one doesn’t require much elaboration, does it?
According to Fantasy Premier League’s Fixture Difficulty Rating, Liverpool are on course to finish the season comfortable thanks to a relatively easier fixture list. However, the same list gives every Liverpool fan sleepless nights. Games against West Brom, Stoke, Palace, Southampton and Watford just don’t instill a lot of confidence into Liverpool fans, do they?
Hint: THEY DON’T.