Dave Davis is keen for Liverpool’s players to learn from some costly errors against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Joe Gomez will learn from mistakes
Errors can’t be seen as a positive thing, but in the long run it maybe beneficial for Joe Gomez. Having started the season being viewed as a squad option, the 20-year-old defender’s form has rightly seen him viewed as an automatic starter in this current side.
That being said, however, young defenders still need to learn the game and Alexis Sanchez reminded the England international that switching off for even a second at this level can be so costly. After his last mistake up against Manuel Lanzini at West Ham, Gomez embarked on the best form of his Liverpool career which culminated in a first England cap. Let’s hope this incident triggers a similar reaction.
Disappointment doesn’t mean surprise
This isn’t the first time that Liverpool have surrendered what had looked like being a convincing victory. This wasn’t in the style of late equalisers by Chelsea or Everton though. A full-on disaster class in the style of Sevilla away unravelled in a four and a half minute period.
Worryingly, when the first went in most Reds could see it coming. Simon Mingolet’s interview with Liverpoolfc.com this week proved that he like other colleagues in the back line hadn’t learnt about the value of silence when things are going well. The draw may have felt like a defeat, but the collapse was no surprise.
Firmino hitting new levels
One aspect of the game that could easily get forgotten amongst the drama and recriminations was the performance of Liverpool’s number nine. Time after time, the Brazilian won the ball back in various areas of the pitch or ensured that Arsenal couldn’t break quickly.
Whilst his goal was down to an element of luck, there was nothing fortunate about his assist for Salah’s goal which took two Arsenal defenders out the game. The 26-year-old now has 14 goals and 8 assists to date and appears to have gone up a new level this season.
Firmino doesn’t attract the attention that other Liverpool attackers currently do, but Reds everywhere know how important he is.
Sadio Mane issues continue
For all the talk of a ‘fab four’, the contrast couldn’t be more different between certain members of the quartet. Having been viewed as Liverpool’s most important player last campaign, it’s been a difficult season so far for Sadio Mane.
Whilst Salah, Firmino and Coutinho have led the way for Jurgen Klopp’s side, it’s just not happening for the Senegalese winger at the moment. Basic control seemed to elude him at times, whilst an exuberant attempt from Salah’s rebound wasn’t what was needed at such a crucial time.
Mane has found himself on the bench in recent times and whilst others continue in their current vein of form, it would be no surprise to see the same against Swansea.
Milner’s message needs to transfer to the team
James Milner’s post-match interview proved very telling. The former Manchester City winger said: “I think when you’re in a position like that, at this level you’ve got to see the game out. You’ve got to be more boring. We were obviously very good going forward, but those are times in the game where you’ve got to tighten up for five minutes. All the goals were our fault and that’s something we need to learn from because it seems to be a theme for us this year.”
Jurgen Klopp agreed with his assessment in his interview, but you do wonder how much that assessment is getting through to the players. For all the passion on the sidelines, a cool head and experience are needed at times. Strangely for all the formation changes this season, Reds would love to see a strict 4-5-1 employed at certain times.