Liverpool got absolutely battered last night. As I type these words I’m still hoping that I’ll be nudged awake, greeted by a “happy Sunday” and a sausage and egg butty. Alas, I’m downstairs in a Guinness stained t shirt, staring out at weather as grey as my soul. In an effort to regain my sanity, here are three reasons why the Liverpool defeat at Aston Villa isn’t as bad as it looks:
Goals change games
It’s an adage as old as time, or at least as old as the first thrashing in football. Goals change games. The score at 1-0, Liverpool were denied a stonewall penalty which would have completely changed the complexion of the game.
The ref decided not to give it and instead Villa went, moments later, into a 2-0 lead.
If the Reds had scored from that nailed on penalty then normal service would’ve likely resumed.
Sure, we were battered. They looked like scoring every time they went forward.
However, in tandem with the goals change games theory, three of these goals which changed the game were massive deflections.
When within a goal or two’s reach we could’ve easily turned things around. However, the hosts got incredibly lucky and widened the gap with three horrendous deflections. That just doesn’t happen, it was such hard luck.
An utter freak of a game
There is no way that is happening again.
Freak games happen in football. You cannot account for fate just throwing up an extraordinary result now and then.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if that was one of perhaps three defeats for us all season. Jürgen Klopp will have given the lads the hairdryer treatment and they’ll be coming back from the international break with a point to prove.
We’ve got it out of the way. We just suffered the force of 3 defeats in one game. Let’s just forget about it.