On Tuesday night The Reds lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, crashing out of the FA Cup in the process. Despite this being yet another poor result, three Liverpool losses in the last four games sounds much worse than it actually is.
Atletico Madrid – 1-0
This is just half time.
The Reds clearly weren’t treating this game as just a 90 minute affair – if they were, would they really have taken off Sadio Mane at half time?
Liverpool instead maintained their discipline, refusing to go too gung-ho as there are another 90 minutes to play. We may have lost on the night but it is only half time in this fixture, you don’t lose at half time.
This was an awful performance.
However, we can take heart in the fact that the leaky defence was a makeshift one.
The Reds were without their first choice partner for Virgil van Dijk and it showed, there was uncertainty at the back and this resulted in a thumping at Vicarage Road. We won’t expect to be conceding three again any time soon.
This was nowhere near the Reds’ first team.
Jürgen Klopp started with Adrian in goal, the Spaniard pulled off some smart saves throughout the game but he was clearly at fault for the hosts’ opener and shouldn’t have been beaten for the second.
Further to that we had Adam Lallana missing in midfield and a youthful Curtis Jones and Neco Williams being given big game experience.
This was a free hit for a number of players. We shouldn’t worry about these three losses in four games – circumstances conspired, we are still the best team around and The Reds will show that.