It was 18 minutes crazy minutes that had provided Liverpool hope before crushing it completely in the most startling manner moments later. Pep Guardiola has given his thoughts on the Reds’ latest defeat.
In truth, the 3-1 capitulation was the perfect metaphor to summarise Liverpool’s frankly ridiculous 2020/21 campaign.
For the second week in a row, the English champions cracked under pressure and surrendered in the meekest of circumstances.
The collapse was strikingly similar to the one at Anfield last weekend when the Reds tossed away a 1-1 scoreline inside 10 minutes against Manchester City.
That’s seven goals conceded inside a 17 minute-window. Such a limited period of time was all it took in contrasting games to send Liverpool into disarray.
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There was no sense of control or structure in either game, as Leicester and City were able to completely run riot in the same amount of time an average episode of Friends runs on Netflix.
This Liverpool team that conquered England, Europe and the world have been decimated by endless injury setbacks, and as a result, look totally bereft of confidence and belief.
Guardiola on Liverpool
Still, even in the barrels of a third consecutive defeat, there were positives from Jurgen Klopp’s perspective. For 75 minutes, it seemed as if Liverpool were in total control and steering towards an impressive away victory.
Even despite the 13-point chasm that currently exists between the two teams, Guardiola saw enough from Liverpool to convince him that the title race hasn’t run its course just yet.
“The way Liverpool played vs Leicester, we would have to lose games, but they can do it [catch us],” he said in the aftermath of City’s 3-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
“It is the same Liverpool that I met in the last years. In the boxes they are not as clinical as before but the quality of their play is still there.”
Indeed, it’s not exactly surprising to here Guardiola refusing to concede that the title is all but won. A seasoned veteran like the Spaniard is just too experienced to even risk such a foot in mouth comment.
Maybe his comments could be perceived as slightly patronising given the difference in fortunes currently between Liverpool and City.
Still, City were in a similar predicament last season when Guardiola trailed Klopp in the league standings by 25 points. It’s no wonder that both managers refuse to underestimate the quality of their opponent.
Even Klopp looked bemused, however, when he was asked a nonsensical question over Liverpool’s title chances after the Leicester defeat.
Yes, the title is done as far as Liverpool are concerned, but we have to believe that this group of players are capable of turning things around.
Liverpool look fragile heading into a crucial week, but they still have more than what it takes to save their season.
Let’s see what the supporters had to make of Guardiola’s latest comments on the Reds…