Lacklustre Liverpool Sink Further with a Growing Defeatist Mentality
4th Feb – Liverpool 0 – 1 Brighton
7th Feb – Liverpool 1 – 4 Manchester City
13th Feb – Leicester City 3 – 1 Liverpool
They say, Lightning never strikes the same place twice, albeit in Liverpool’s case it has unfortunately struck thrice!
Yes, that’s right, the results are here for you to see, as Liverpool sunk to their third consecutive League defeat at the hands of a buoyant Leicester City yesterday.
Another milestone set by the Merseyside Club, albeit not a proud one, is matching their previous record of losing three Premier League matches in a row, dating way back to November 2014. This was when the current Foxes Manager, Brendan Rodgers was their man in charge.
So, as the Reds continue to wallow in their growing defeatist mindset, let’s see how Leicester inflicted further misery on a broken team at the King Power Stadium yesterday:
Liverpool and Leicester boss the first half at either end
The Reds began the first half in a mission-oriented manner with the single objective of toppling the Foxes from the third position in the table. Jordan Henderson’s brigade attacked from the word go.
The away side had a brilliant opportunity to go in front in the 20th minute, when Mohamed Salah broke the Leicester defence down the right flank and cut the ball across the face of goal, away from keeper, Kasper Schmeichel. The Dane’s deft touch deflected the ball towards a charging Sadio Mane, but defender Amartey made the save in the nick of time by forcing the ball wide.
Leicester were lucky to not be a goal down.
In the opposite end, the Foxes came very close to opening the scoring in the 36th minute, when striker Jamie Vardy headed the ball towards keeper Alisson who made a comfortable save. James Maddison created another opportunity for Leicester in the 42nd minute with his terrific pass to Jamie Wardy who unfortunately hit the bar as the attempt was later adjudged offside.
The two teams continued with efforts aplenty though a goal was not be found on either end as the clock struck the first 45.
Oh Alisson, My Alisson, what have you done, again?
If the Manchester City debacle for Liverpool’s man in goal wasn’t enough, there was yet more to come in the second half. On the positive side for Liverpool, they took the lead in the 67th minute through Salah with a fine strike in the top left corner of goal after a sublime back heel pass from Roberto Firmino.
Little did the Reds know that a three-fold disaster was about to strike, with the joy of leading being so short-lived.
The first disaster struck in the 77th minute when Leicester man Harvey Barnes was brought down by Reds midfielder Thiago just outside the D. James Maddison made no mistake in converting the free-kick to draw level. The referee did check for offside, though VAR ruled it legal.
The second disaster struck only minutes later, when Alisson had a rush of blood to come out of his D to make a save and instead gifted the ball to Jamie Vardy after colliding with his fellow defender, debutant Ozan Kabak. The Englishman with a look of ‘It really can’t get easier’ comfortably put the Foxes two to the good in an empty net.
Truth be told, this moment was a complete feeling of deja vu from the Manchester City game, as Alisson continued giving free scoring gifts to the opposition.
With Liverpool now in the depths of adversity being 2-1 down, the third disaster struck in a matter of moments when Leicester winger, Harvey Barnes with oodles of space on the left flank comfortably put one past the Brazilian keeper who was still reeling in his fiasco of the past.
Liverpool had all but imploded after the third strike.
The dejection showed on their faces much like what they had witnessed in the game against Manchester City.
The final score at the King Power Stadium read Leicester City 3 – 1 Liverpool.
An emotional Jurgen Klopp concedes the title after the Leicester defeat
Speaking after the game, Liverpool’s Manager Jurgen Klopp appeared emotional when he was asked if he is conceding the Premier League title and the German replied “Yes… I can’t believe it, but yes”
With our Manager much like all of us, all but convinced the title is a lost dream as Manchester City soar further with a 13-point gap on Liverpool after their 3-nil thrashing of Spurs last evening, it’s pointless to cry over spilt milk and the Reds should try and salvage what’s left of the season.
May be a top 4 finish is still possible, only if they arrest this slump in form and moreover the defeatist mentality.
Also, a Champions League success story is still on the cards as they face RB Leipzig mid-week in the round of 16. The only question, is Liverpool capable?
In times unfortunate and losses galore, a true fan still stands with his team and for me ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’