Jurgen Klopp has berated his side for switching to a long-ball tactic when Bournemouth were chasing the game, when we could have played possession football instead.
This is about as sensible a piece of analysis as we’ve seen in regards to Liverpool’s failure on Wednesday night.
Against Bournemouth, we conceded a scrappy, 87th minute goal to Josh King and drew 2-2, despite having dominated the game throughout the 90.
Oddly, it comes from our manager, who clearly could see exactly what his team did wrong (which is encouraging, actually).
“Can you train experience? I’m not sure. The rest of the squad were in training yesterday, others were in recovery,” Klopp told a press-conference today, cited in the Echo.
“Bournemouth defended deep, so we could keep the ball. Let the ball do the work. If they want to get something they have to open the gate, but we then played long balls. It doesn’t make sense it this situation. With all the issues we had on the pitch. Roberto Firmino had overplayed, a lot of games for Brazil. So keep the ball, pass around..
“The whole club needs more experience. If we don’t create a situation like this then maybe (they don’t score).”
After the hour mark though, we switched to a back-three and brought Joel Matip on for Coutinho, which the players on the field perhaps found difficult to adapt to.
Instead of remaining calm and picking the Cherries off on the break when they came at us, we panicked a little, which led to a late demoralising equaliser.
With seven games left of the Premier League campaign, it’s imperative that we no longer throw away points from winning positions again.