Liverpool drew 2-2 with Brighton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. The Reds let this one slip despite some fantastic performances in recent weeks.
Jurgen Klopp didn’t hand out any real surprises with his team selection for this one. The most notable choice was his centre-back pairing.
For the second Premier League game in a row, we got Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate at the back. Will it be these two in the league going forward and Joel Matip & Joe Gomez in the cups?
That’s the suggestion right now and it’s one that sounds very promising.
Naby Keita was magnificent against Manchester United. It was one of the best performances we’ve seen from him in a Liverpool shirt, considering the opposition.
He overcame an injury to start this one, too, but didn’t last long. Not for the first time, Keita sees a sign of fantastic progress followed by disappointment and injury.
Hopefully, it’s nothing serious as this was as exciting as Keita has looked for some time.
The Reds have flown in recent weeks, playing some extraordinary football and scoring for fun. They continued that form here – to begin with.
Jordan Henderson gave them a rapid start with a fine finish. Sadio Mane made it two before long and the team were creating opportunities for themselves.
And then things fell apart. Liverpool were nothing like their recent displays in that second half as Brighton consistently made things happen.
More worryingly, the Reds didn’t really create any chances. That’s one thing they’ve had no trouble with over the last few months. Something changed today, though.
Slim silver lining
The only slight silver lining here is that Manchester City lost at home. That at least keeps Liverpool clear of their title rivals despite the 2-2 with Brighton.
Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United does mean Liverpool fall away from top-spot, however. The Blues have a two-point lead in what promises to be a very tight race.
Next up is a home tie against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Now, dramatic change is certainly over the top but everyone will want to see a reaction to this result.
After all, Liverpool can’t allow for this poor performance to quickly become poor form. Not when there’s a tough-looking game against West Ham United next weekend.
Put Atletico away and things can get right back on track.