Uninspiring Liverpool squander yet another lead
Uninspiring, a word that would get me crucified had I used it for the current champions enroute to them marching towards the title at this time last season. The title by now in 2019-20 was pretty much in our grasp!
Well, as things stand in the 2020-21 campaign, our fortunes have taken a 180 degree turn, as we continue to loiter in sixth, with a chance at Europe’s premier tournament next season looking all but over.
This thanks to a disappointing 1-1 excursion against yet another lower ranked team in Newcastle.
This also after squandering the lead like we did in the previous game against Leeds United.
So, amid games that should be conquests but result in despair, I would have to call our performance all but uninspiring.
What further fuels my wrath is the fact that Liverpool have squandered 13 points from winning positions this season, two more than they had done in their last two campaigns combined.
Yes, you read this right!
So amid sinking hearts, lets dive into another Liverpool performance that was anything but inspiring at Anfield:
Amid chances aplenty, The Reds only manage a solitary goal
In just the 3rd minute, Liverpool drew first blood courtesy a brilliant strike by Mohamed Salah who took his tally to 20 goals in the Premier League this season. He adeptly controlled a cross from Sadio Mane that deflected off a Newcastle defender and made no mistake in slotting it in.
I was thrilled with the opening hurrah and felt this was just the start in a game in which the Reds would inflict misery galore on their opponents. Well, little did I know then, that misery would eventually beset itself upon me!
The signs started immediately after as Liverpool managed four clear chances on goal amid not converting even one. It seemed the finishing just wasn’t there by the fabulous four in Salah, Mane, Firmino and Jota, as Jurgen Klopp started with this offensive quartet in the need to mount goals.
As the referee called time on the first 45, the score should have been much more in Liverpool’s favour than just 1-nil.
VAR or not, The Magpies salvage a point
Newcastle almost got the equaliser in no time in the second half. Joelinton was played though on goal and tried to flick the ball past Alisson, but the Brazilian made a great save to keep Liverpool afloat.
The Reds on the opposite end had two great chances to go two the good, but Firmino and Salah weren’t able to convert. Much like the first 45, the story of Liverpool’s failure to not capitalise on great opportunities continued.
Well, this wasn’t the case with the Magpies as they got the equalizer in injury time courtesy Wilson’s effort albeit VAR ruling it differently when the striker had hand-balled attempting to convert the rebound off Alisson.
A profound sense of deflation engulfed Newcastle though they immediately made amends through Willock who slotted the ball into the back of the net after he was ably supported by a Gayle cross.
Newcastle had turned their deflation into ecstasy by grabbing the all-important point at Anfield.
Liverpool on the other hand were robbed of the much-needed win yet again.
With no Super League, Liverpool still look determined to miss next year’s European showpiece
John W Henry, the owner of Liverpool might still have his wish albeit not in a happy way.
Why do I say this?
Well, almost a week to date, when he gave his nod to the demonic Super League, he knew as a result his team would have to let go on their participation in the Champions League next season.
Money over football and fans!
Well, Thank God, that didn’t happen albeit what’s happening right now isn’t any better. Currently, as things stand, Liverpool still look determined to be all but out of the European showpiece, not basis his decision but their deteriorating form.
That’s right, with performances against lower ranked teams in Leeds and Newcastle, that were anything but triumphs who would expect them to be in the Top 4?
I certainly don’t. And I say this with a sinking heart that’s filled with wrath and tears.
Though, this season looks all but over, I would still urge you Liverpool to show some metal in what remains as ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone!’
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