Liverpool’s Premier League Voodoo continues in the Merseyside Derby
As an ultimate optimist and a diehard supporter of the Reds, I sincerely hoped that the mid-week Champions League Red Bull boost would certainly give them wings.
Alas, what we got was their wings cut yet again in the Premier League.
Yes, Liverpool lost another, this time to Everton at home in a score line that read Liverpool 0 – 2 Everton.
This was The Toffees first derby away win in almost 23 years dating back to September 1999.
And Liverpool made another record, albeit a horrible one, losing their fourth successive Premier League game at Anfield, equalling their previous set in 1923, 98 years to date!
The woes for the Reds didn’t just end here as their captain Jordan Henderson also joined the ever-growing injury list with a possible groin strain as he limped off in the first half.
Looks like Liverpool are on their way to fielding an injury 11, as their present count sits on six.
So, without further ado lets dive into another below par performance by the Reds in the game last evening as their Premier League voodoo continues:
Everton draw first blood
The Toffees opened their account in just the 3rd minute through a brilliant strike. Their Brazilian striker, Richarlison timed his run perfectly to get onto a pass from Rodriguez and put the ball in the far-bottom corner in front of an empty Kop.
Well, Thank God the Kop was empty!
Liverpool had a chance to equalise minutes later through Sadio Mane albeit his shot extracting a good save from the Everton keeper, Jordan Pickford.
The Reds continued to attack with Pickford making two more fantastic saves to keep Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander Arnold at bay.
In the 33rd minute, Everton went almost two the good, with a header from Coleman getting Alisson to make a fine save, pushing the ball out in the nick of time.
As the referee brought the first 45 to a close, Everton held the advantage amid scoring intent shown from both the teams.
Liverpool sink further courtesy VAR
In their insatiable need to equalise, Liverpool created another opportunity as the second half began with Mane’s header being kept out by England’s national goal keeper.
About 20 minutes later, Mohamed Salah in his attempt to draw level was again denied by the rock known as Pickford in goal.
Nine minutes to time, Liverpool’s misery would soar as Dominic Calvert-Lewin was brought down by Trent Alexander Arnold in the D after his first attempt was saved by Alisson.
The result, a penalty to Everton!
Though controversial, VAR let the referee decide on the pitch side monitor and he stuck to his original decision after watching the replay as Sigurdsson made no mistake in putting The Toffees two to the good.
Liverpool continued to hunt for the all elusive goal as they were yet again denied by Jordan Pickford in injury time. The Englishman’s performance was truly worthy of every applause.
Another Premier League game, another defeat for a deflated Liverpool.
Is Jurgen Klopp running out of positives?
Unlike the Manchester City and Leicester defeats where Klopp tried to put a positive spin on those games, post last evening’s sloppy display, is the German running out of positives?
I would think so.
Truth be told, I am flabbergasted with this team that performed so well last season and in the beginning of this one and now is suddenly finding it completely impossible to win in the League.
Is it only the Manager’s fault?
Is it the players lacking confidence?
How much of a role are the big name injuries playing?
With a heavy heart as the Reds continue to wallow in their misery, still sitting on sixth and with a resurgent Chelsea under their new manager, Tuchel along with a determined West Ham above them not willing to relent on points, finishing in the top 4 now could also just be a distant dream.
May be Liverpool is more than happy playing in Europa next year. Well, who knows?
Despite being numero uno or wallowing in the pits of adversity, I will continue to cheer for you my dear Reds as every time you take the field ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’