Liverpool are still giving far too many chances to their opponents, despite their 3-1 win over Southampton today.
That’s the view of BBC pundit and former Liverpool left-back Stephen Warnock. Speaking on BBC Final Score (12/11/22 4.59pm), Warnock reflected on the Reds’ performance at Anfield.
“A slow start [for Liverpool], but then once they got themselves in-front after going 1-1, once they got that second goal, they looked really good,” said the pundit.
“The big concern for me is that they still concede too many opportunities to the opposition. When we think of the Liverpool team of the last couple of years, they never really gave teams opportunities, or if they did, you had to work so hard for them. But they’ll just be happy to go into that World Cup break now having got another win.”
The final point from Warnock is absolutely the main thing. Liverpool’s performance today wasn’t their best – especially the second half – but the three points were all that mattered with a six-week break ahead of them. Thankfully, they got the win.
Alisson to the rescue, yet again
Saturday looked like a good opportunity for Liverpool to sign off with a win ahead of the World Cup. With Southampton now under new management though, a sense of trepidation was perhaps justified.
As it turned out, that uncertainty was pretty well founded. The scoreline may make it look as though this was a routine win for Liverpool. But in reality, it was far from that.
Southampton started well, pressing the Reds high up the pitch at every opportunity. Che Adams should have scored inside the opening couple of minutes, but somehow headed wide.
Liverpool capitalised on that and were soon ahead. But the lead didn’t last long. Succumbing to James Ward-Prowse’s masterful delivery, the marking was non-existent as Adams headed home.
After Darwin Nunez’s two-goal salvo, Liverpool should have been comfortable in the second half. It didn’t follow that script, though.
Instead, the Reds were once again thankful to Alisson Becker between the sticks. The Brazilian goalkeeper was absolutely world-class, making three quite remarkable point-blank saves.
When you’ve got a goalie as good as Alisson, the defence can soon become complacent. Fortunately, the 30-year-old is that good, that the Liverpool back-line can, at times, afford to be.
But this won’t go on forever. Alisson has already been unable to save Liverpool dropping silly points this season. When the Premier League resumes next month, the backdoor has to be much more firmly locked.