Damon Savenelli gives his opinion on Liverpool’s capitulation at Dean Court on Sunday afternoon.
I am not one to usually get too emotional when I write pieces on football, I am usually just a writer that uses facts and statistics in order to come to a conclusion. This article will be a little different. This piece will not focus on one particular topic, but rather my many thoughts after Liverpool’s 4-3 loss to Bournemouth.
It was not a good day at the office for the Reds, to say the least. Three goals conceded in about twenty minutes is just straight up unacceptable. Credit to Bournemouth, they never gave up and fully deserved the win, but Liverpool’s inability to finish off games is abysmal. As Liverpool supporters, we are used to this. Throughout the past few years, it has been norm for Liverpool to be unable to finish off games against weaker opponents. If Liverpool wish to become great, they must rid themselves of this bad habit. The Reds will not achieve success until this happens.
Whenever we encounter Bournemouth, I do become a little concerned. They are a team that plays direct, attacking football. They have some pretty dangerous players with the likes of Callum Wilson, Benik Afobe, Harry Arter, and Ryan Fraser amongst their ranks. Eddie Howe is also a great manager. Given Liverpool’s recent form, I believed that obtaining three points would be simple.
When I first saw the team sheet I was immediately concerned. The centre-back pairing of Lucas and Dejan Lovren scared me. Yes, Lovren has had his moments where he has shown his quality, but he has also had his moments where he has looked as though he has never kicked a football. He is the type of centre back that needs a strong and experienced partner next to him.
While Lucas is an okay option at centre back, he should not be partnering Lovren. Joel Matip and Lovren have played well together but Matip missed the match due to a recurring ankle injury. Why did Klopp start Lucas instead of the experienced Ragnar Klavan? I will never know. The bottom line is that Liverpool are in need of a solid centre back. This has been the issue for several years now and has yet to been solved. I have already discussed this in my article: Does Liverpool’s defence need an upgrade in January?
Moving on, I am not too sure as to what happened in the last 20 minutes of the game but it was concerning. The Liverpool players seemed as though they thought they had the game in the bag. The defence got lazy, the usual pressing was nonexistent, and some of the players looked lethargic. The likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino looked to be pretty tired so maybe that was the reason. Maybe the players got complacent and cocky and did not think Bournemouth could mount a comeback. Either way, it was not pretty.
My last take away from that match is perhaps the most concerning. For some reason, Liverpool supporters have developed an awful habit of demoralising certain players after poor performances. This must stop. Yes, there were some below par performances out on the pitch on Sunday, but that does not give the supporters the right to critique them in the way they did. As supporters, the players feed off of our energy. We must back our players through the good, and the bad times. With the second youngest team in the league, Liverpool have a few young and inexperienced players, and performances like this will occur – but hopefully irregularly.
At the end of the day, the Reds still sit third in the table, just four points behind table toppers, Chelsea. I am sure Klopp will sort his men out in training and get them back to winning ways. Similar to what happened after the Burnley loss, the Reds will bounce back and get the win next week. We go again. Those are my thoughts for now, until next time, up the Reds.