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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

Credit – Sky Sports

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.

Credit – Sky Sports

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!’

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

Credit – Liverpool FC Official Twitter Handle

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?

Credit – Michael Regan/Getty Images

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!’

A Bright Show by Brighton Inflicts Further Misery ON Liverpool

Just a couple of days back, I had mentioned about Liverpool’s confidence soaring at the right time with successive wins over Spurs and West Ham to make their title chances look increasingly brighter.

Little did I know then that the Reds’ confidence would be so short lived much like a roller coaster which being up is only a mirage and has to come down at some point.

Truth be told, didn’t expect it to come down so soon.

Yes, last night the Merseyside Club after two consecutive away wins shockingly suffered a second straight loss at home, this time at the hands of the Seagulls with a 1-0 score line.

This was Brighton & Hove Albion’s first league win at Anfield since March 1982, two years before I was born.

Such has been the gap!

So, as Liverpool’s uncertain performance continues, lets dissect how this game panned last night:

A first half with not much to differentiate the sides

Footballing pundits and fans alike would have expected Liverpool to dominate this bout, though what they showed in the first half was a polar opposite performance.

Credit – The Guardian

They created a solitary opportunity through Mohamed Salah in the 3rd minute when the Egyptian received a glorious pass from his captain, Jordan Henderson. albeit hitting the ball way off target, comfortably over the cross bar.

Brighton had chances of their own with the closest opportunity coming in the 24th minute for their defender Dan Burn, who should have hit the target from close range but unfortunately skewed the ball over.

With not even a single shot on target, the first half came to an end as both the sides were yet to move the scoreboard.

Brighton shock Liverpool in the second half

As the second half began, the Reds hoped to put in a better performance than what they did in the first half, albeit what happened next was a shocker to say the least.

Credit – The Guardian

Not Liverpool, but Brighton made the play to go in front in the 56th minute through a conversion from Steven Alzate who was ably supported by Leandro Trossard’s deft touch from Dan Burn’s header in the build up to the goal.

The Reds were left dumbfounded and the Seagulls ecstatic as the score read Liverpool 0 – 1 Brighton.

Liverpool had a brilliant opportunity to equalise in the 70th minute through Mo Salah after he received a beautiful cross from Trent Alexander Arnold albeit his finish just going off-target.

Brighton were almost two to the good in the 74th minute with Liverpool’s reserve keeper, Kelleher making a fine low save to deny Pascal Gross and the rebound danger being averted by captain Henderson.

The Reds were lucky to survive more attacking threats from Brighton as their keeper stood tall in a game where the Seagulls could have so easily inflicted further misery on the Merseyside Club.

As the match ended, Anfield, the fortress for Liverpool had been stormed. Again!

Unpredictable has a new name, it’s called Liverpool!

With the two Manchester sides coming trumps in week 22 and the Merseyside Club wallowing in the mud of unpredictability, it’s anyone’s guess where the title is going.

In truth, Jurgen Klopp has also admitted that he no longer sees Liverpool as title contenders after the shock last night.

Courtesy this debacle, the Reds have slipped back to fourth on the league table, seven points adrift of leaders Manchester City who they play this coming Sunday at Anfield.

Will the Citizens also storm Anfield or will Liverpool make a comeback?

We will have to just wait and see.

Until then, whether Liverpool soars with confidence or wallows in lack of it, my fellow Kopites and I with hope in our heart still say ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’