Liverpool lost to Watford this weekend. That’s weird isn’t it? Like, proper, proper weird. The Reds don’t lose games, not in the league anyway.
This Jürgen Klopp side had become the bastion of invincibility that Bill Shankly first prophesied decades ago, it was there and it slipped through our grasp.
Despite how big and bitter of a pill the loss was to swallow, the Liverpool defeat to Watford was to be expected, here’s three reasons why:
The New Year dip
One of the hallmarks of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool is their intensity.
The Reds hound you when out of possession and work incredibly hard when they have the ball, constantly making runs and remaining switched on.
This intensity that has brought great success to Anfield does have its downsides, one in particular being fatigue.
We have seen in the last few years that this is the time of the season when Liverpool become leggy, they begin tiring out – that’s to be expected and it definitely contributed to the Liverpool defeat at Watford.
More to play for
Watford are battling for their lives at the bottom of the table.
Nigel Pearson’s side are staring relegation in the face whilst Liverpool’s title win has become a matter of when not if.
As we enter the home stretch this season our opposition have much more to play for, we’re done. We’ve won it. Our opposition are more motivated, that was evident at Vicarage Road – they just wanted it more.
Nothing lasts forever
Did we think we’d never lose a game again? Of course not.
This day had to come at some point, it was going to hurt whenever it came. What we can do is look back on the remarkable 44 game unbeaten run with pride.
We had some great results along the way, now we just need to go again and work on our next unbeaten streak.
Forza Liverpool, allez allez.