Liverpool fans will be licking their wounds this weekend. The Reds were by far the better team at Goodison Park on Saturday yet the lads left with just a point. A pair of calamitous refereeing decisions cost the visitors the win, a win they thoroughly deserved. As we unpick the game, the Jürgen Klopp decision to sub Roberto Firmino in the second half could give us a hint as to the attacking line’s hierarchy.
What an awful weekend to be a Kopite. Not only were we robbed of a result but we were robbed of one of our most important players due to a horror tackle from the thuggish Jordan Pickford.
Early on in the game the Everton keeper lunged at Virgil van Dijk, flying in at knee height with his studs up, yet the shot stopper wasn’t red carded – to the bewilderment of absolutely everybody (apart from Andy Gray).
The keeper went on to make a string of spectacular saves whilst the Ev scored two headers in our dominating defender’s absence.
The cherry on the cake came when Sadio Mane was somehow adjudged offside in injury time. He just wasn’t.
With the arrival of Diogo Jota comes greater competition in the Reds’ front three.
In the 78th minute against Everton we saw Roberto Firmino subbed for the new arrival.
Sadio Mane moved into the middle with Jota heading out to the left wing.
This move could well have established the hierarchy in the attacking line, rather than play Jota through the middle, bring off Sadio or bring on Takumi Minamino, the boss decided to move Mane out of position.
Of course, this could be down to Bobby having played recently for Brazil, he could have needed a rest.
Personally, I think it is more down to the striker’s poor form recently and the acceptance that if we need a last minute goal we can rely on Sadio or Mo Salah to grab it.
Unless Bobby starts scoring we could well see him lose his place in the starting lineup altogether – Jota keeps getting into the right positions.