Last week Liverpool suffered their second loss of the season when they were thoroughly beaten by Manchester City at the Etihad. The Reds were brought crashing back down to earth after a week spent celebrating their first title win in 30 years – there was talk of Pep Guardiola’s side making a massive statement with the win. However, the 1-0 Manchester City defeat at Southampton has put the Liverpool loss in context.
There can be no denying that Jürgen Klopp’s side were poor when they visited the Etihad. The front three weren’t clinical enough, often fluffing their lines at the vital moment.
The midfield couldn’t keep up with City in the middle of the park, Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson were often seen chasing shadows.
It was in defence that we saw the most glaring drop in standard. The typically disciplined Liverpool backline were often caught out of position and ball watching, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez had particularly poor games.
Despite the disappointing showing there was a general consensus in the Kop faithful that we could chalk the drubbing up to a week spent on the lash, the players were unprepared and probably still nursing a hangover. Commentators and pundits on the other hand were intent on pitching the result as Man City winning the first game of the 2020/21 season.
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This Sunday confirmed what Kopites had been saying all along: things haven’t changed overnight, Liverpool just weren’t prepared for Thursday and Manchester City will still flap it against mid table sides.
At the weekend we saw Liverpool deliver a typically clinical performance, by no means glamorous but getting a result nonetheless. Whereas Manchester City fell to defeat at Southampton due to errors at the back and an inability to break down a stubborn defence.
Pep Guardiola’s side proved that they aren’t all of a sudden on a par with Liverpool in the Premier League, the Citizens still have someway to go if they are to match the unheard of consistency of Jürgen Klopp’s side. City got a free hit on Thursday, they shouldn’t get too overexcited.