Ian Wright singled Sadio Mane out for criticism after Liverpool lost 3-2 to West Ham, in a major blow to the Reds’ Premier League title aspirations.
Liverpool are now four points behind Chelsea in the table and have been leapfrogged by West Ham, now residing in fourth place in the table.
After the international break, a defeat to Arsenal would see Mikel Arteta’s side move above the Reds and see Jurgen Klopp’s men move down to fifth.
There are a number of talking points from the game and Wright noted that Mane wasn’t nearly as influential against the Hammers as he was against Atletico Madrid in midweek.
Wright said on Premier League Productions: “He had a poor game today, Mane, gave away the ball for the goal. He didn’t look into the game. And then that miss, terrible miss.”
The ball fell to Mane in the 92nd minute with the chance to level the game at 3-3 but his header – one he was forced to wait for as the ball dropped out of the London night sky – was directed woefully wide.
With eight goals for Liverpool in 13 starts, you would have expected Mane to score from that range and in such an important moment, he will have had a terrible night’s sleep, ruing his miss.
In some ways, players like Mane, Diogo Jota and Mo Salah will be grateful for the timing of the international break as Liverpool have now drawn two and lost three of their last five Premier League matches.
Jurgen Klopp needs to assess his side’s shortfalls in recent matches before he can hope to drag his side back into the Premier League top two.