Dave Davis is certain that Liverpool will experience the disappointment of lost opportunities again and again with the glaring faults in the current squad.
A draw isn’t a defeat but in the current climate, it certainly feels like one. A point against Everton was rightly disappointing for Reds everywhere and on the balance of play, it wasn’t deserved.
Liverpool have been here before though, numerous times in recent years to be honest. Jurgen Klopp’s more than aware that with the current options at his disposal, it’s unlikely to be a one-off.
Liverpool have lost 18 points in the Premier League from winning positions. That’s a startling fact, yet it’s not that surprising to anyone. Additionally, it’s five times we’ve gone on to draw having been leading at 70 minutes and we haven’t scored a winner in the last 20 minutes all season.
The reasons aren’t unknown to Koppites and despite the anger and venting on social media, the main frustration is the repeated pattern. Not just the pattern, but the protagonists involved too. Dejan Lovren seems to follow a set formula in his Liverpool career. Make a howler, get backed by the manager and play well for a few games, then do an interview and reset pattern.
Lovren isn’t the only player guilty of such errors and many will point to others who still seem to have the manager’s backing despite similar faults. Few will believe trophies can be won with Simon Mignolet between the sticks and Jordan Henderson continues to polarise opinion with many others in our current midfield. Many would like to see sweeping changes made, but it’s not that simple.
Don’t believe for one second though that Klopp has everything he wants in place at Anfield. Karius hasn’t made the impact expected, the VVD saga was an article all in itself, Keita will eventually arrive and it’s no secret that everyone at Melwood would love to see Leon Goretzka at Melwood.
Klopp knows that the squad is improved from last campaign, but progress is never an instant process at Anfield.
The last sixteen of the Champions League and being in the top four surely has to be seen as an improvement from last season. The Fab Four is terrorising most defences and Liverpool look like they’re becoming a force again.
However, without the backing of clubs like City and PSG, it’ll take time to reshape and progress. It hurts to say, but we may have to endure a few more days like Sunday’s draw with Everton.