Southampton Defeat Was A Freak Result
Yesterday’s defeat to Southampton was a real kick in the teeth and one that had me personally hurting as I took my frustration out on the couch, my foot is still hurting from my over-reaction of the annoyance that Liverpool let a two goal lead slip resulting in a disappointing defeat.
I took to twitter after the game, and I suppose I was not surprised by the reaction from Liverpool supporters who vented their feelings.
Martin Skrtel was the biggest target for criticism after coming on for Dejan Lovren for the second half with Liverpool leading 2-0, the big defender had a nightmare and was guilty of giving away a penalty only minutes after coming on.
It was a big disappointed to everyone connected to Liverpool after the good recent run of form, and especially by leading 2-0.
It is easy to criticise in hindsight, I was surprised with Skrtel replacing Lovren at half-time, yes, Lovren had been booked and was lucky not to concede a penalty, but he I didn’t think he was playing too badly and although he was on a booking I’m sure he would have been more careful in the second half, because defenders are used to playing 90 minutes after picking up a booking.
Southampton’s substitutes made a big difference, with Wanyama dominating midfield in the second half and Mane producing a greater threat to Liverpool’s defence, resulting in two goals that helped Southampton to an unlikely win.
Liverpool fell out of the game the second half and couldn’t keep possession the way they did in the first half.
I felt Klopp should have changed things quicker in the second half and bolstered the midfield by taking Sturridge or Origi off for Henderson, but by the time he thought of bringing Henderson on Southampton scored to level the game.
Many supporters think that the defeat is another case of two steps forward and one step back, but I think this was just a freak result and a freakish game, and despite the overall disappointment, and the possible end of finishing in the top four, I don’t think the defeat will de-rail from the improving signs we have seen from the team in the last few weeks.
Liverpool are scoring goals again and are playing with confidence, and apart from Sunday, they are looking more solid defensively and I would like to hope that this is just a blip, and I’m already looking forward to the next game against Spurs at Anfield.
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