Liverpool’s bad streak

Liverpool’s bad streak

Liverpool lost for the first time at Anfield since April 2017 and are risking to drop out of the Champions League zone.

Liverpool hosted Burnley at Anfield in the 19th round of the Premier League. Prior to this match, Jurgen Klopp's team had played 68 matches at home unbeaten, hoping to break the record for London's Chelsea.

But despite the fact that Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara recovered, Salah, Firmino and Henderson were outside the line-up. The latter suffered a slight injury in the match against Manchester United and missed the encounter while Firmino and Salah came out as substitutes in the second half.

Liverpool's failure to score in three matches in a row in the Premier League had its mark on the Reds on the pitch. Divock Origi missed a one-on-one chance with Nick Pope, shooting at the woodwork. In the attacking line, the players felt jittery and tried to play for sure, but they did not score. But at the end of the encounter Burnley earned a penalty and took care of the hosts with a minimum score.

After the game, the head coach of the Merseysiders, Jurgen Klopp, gave an interview in which he spoke about the goals for the season,

“It is a tough defeat that is not easy to explain. My guys are not one of those who would relax after 7:0 (with Crystal Palace). They worked hard but failed. If something doesn't work out, you have to try harder, more often, longer. It was not easy to lose this match, but we succeeded.

It's not about blaming anyone now. We need to deal with the problems together, which is what we will do. In football, you don't have much time. Right now, we are not thinking about racing for the Premier League title,” Klopp said.

The German has already said before that Liverpool's priority is getting into the Champions League zone. Now the shape of the team leaves much to be desired, but there are explanations for everything. For now, this is more reminiscent of the typical Liverpool recession that happened in the middle of the season, before the Champions League.

This was also superimposed by injuries in the line-up and reserve players. What’s there to say, if before the match with Manchester United, where Shaqiri came out in the first team, he did not leave the start of the match for 13 months. This does not justify the terrible realization of the attacking players. More influence here was given by the injury of Jota, who confidently declared himself as a replacement for Salah and Mane and then dropped out of the competition thus weakening both the first and the second one.