Liverpool have been on a poor run of form of late but it is absolutely nothing to be concerned about. The Reds have most recently just been dumped out of the FA Cup by a determined Chelsea side. Looking back, the Everton game in December tricked Liverpool fans into setting their expectations too high.
At the start of December, Liverpool were entering the manic festive period.
The Reds had The Ev at home midweek, Bournemouth away three days later and RB Salzburg three days after that.
Jürgen Klopp surprised everybody by picking a much rotated side for the Merseyside Derby.
James Milner and Adam Lallana stepped into the centre of midfield, whilst Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri were selected in the front three.
The result was astonishing, The Reds absolutely battered their local rivals.
The players rotated in more than stepped up the plate, with the backup brigade all putting in strong performances.
Divock Origi netted two impressive goals whilst Xherdan Shaqiri bagged one of his own.
This Everton game has served to trick Liverpool fans into raising their expectations too high. Our squad players can’t always have world beating performances, we saw that against Chelsea.
Adam Lallana and Divock Origi were brought into the side at Stamford Bridge and were wholly ineffective.
The Merseyside Derby had convinced many of us that even when we don’t put out our strongest lineup, the backup players would be more than capable of winning as convincingly as the first XI.
Sadly, this was proven not to be the case, though we shouldn’t be disheartened – Chelsea put in one of their performances of the season to keep Liverpool out and we did have a second string side out.