ON LIVERPOOL’S DISAPPOINTING LOSS TO WOLVES
Liverpool crashed out of yet another tournament when they lost to Wolves last week. Worse was that they lost at Anfield, in front of their fans.
The season that started well seem to be on the brink of collapse with three consecutive losses in one week, all at home.
From the start of the duel wolves were the side that wanted the victory more. They truly deserved their shocking victory as they move to the fifth round of the tournament.
The lack of urgency and depth of the Reds team was obvious as they struggled to contain the Wolves onslaught. Coach Jurgen Klopp was terrible against Klopp. His rotation policy was poorly implemented. Many have compared the current happenings in the team to how his squad collapsed in the 2014/15 season despite making exploits earlier.
Loris Karius was in goal but he could not stop the attack of the opposition. The defence were all below par: Connor Randall, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno. Klavan was the senior player in the backline but he did not do enough to organize his teammates.
At the middle Georginio Wijnaldum was nowhere close to expectations. Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria had a few good moment in the spotlight but they could rarely counter their opponents in attack. Brazilian Lucas Leiva showed why he should not be in central midfield again after a long time out. His only display was when he stopped Wolves attempt.
Robert Firmino scored twice against Swansea – even though they later lost the game – but he was invisible in the first half. He did better in the second half but was pulled out in a surprising move. Probably to conserve his strength for Chelsea – the last stroke that might break the camel’s back this term.
Divock Origi in front did not do enough aside the consolation goal he netted. He gave away fouls that eased the pressure on the hosts. Daniel Sturridge came on and tried his best but it was just not enough. Playmaker Philippe Coutinho came on but the damage had been done.