Andy Robertson was sent off but has still emerged with praise from a hugely contentious match in which Liverpool were robbed by the match officials.
The Reds are now three points behind Manchester City as the Premier League table begins to open up a bit. It’s not the end of the world, as Jurgen Klopp and his players are more than capable of making up a three-point gap. The worry is that, going into January without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, chasing the title is going to be an even greater challenge.
Fortunately, Liverpool have some brilliant players across their squad and, if Omicron can stop desecrating it, Klopp can begin to work on a plan to get points back on the board.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and, surprisingly, Andy Robertson, were some of a few players that could hold their heads held high.
The former scored a worldie against Newcastle United in midweek and, with a makeshift midfield and a hapless Mo Salah in front of him, he struggled to get his creative juices flowing. Robertson, despite the red card, was my man of the match and a moment of frustration should not take that away from him.
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast, the former Manchester United full-back himself said that he thinks the Liverpool full-backs are as good a pair the Premier League has ever seen, comparing them to Cafu and Roberto Carlos.
“They’re that good for a start that what they have is consistency, quality, energy. And when you combine those things, you’ve got great players,” he said.
“I found myself during the game – and sometimes you have to check yourself when you’re involved in an emotional game like this as a co-commentator – mentioning them in the same breath as two of the greatest full-backs I’ve ever seen: Carlos and Cafu, in terms of a pair playing together for Brazil.
“These two, I don’t think I’ve seen two full-backs play in the Premier League that are as good as these two as a pair. The way in which they combine on the pitch, the way in which they play the game, they’re an absolute joy.”