The story of Liverpool’s season so far has been one of wasteful misadventure. Time and time again, we have dominated matches in numerous ways – possession, shots on target, shots inside the box, corners – but in the one metric that really counts, goals, we have been found lacking.
There is no better combination in football than contributing to an outstandingly entertaining game of football and still coming away with the three points. That’s exactly how Liverpool’s trip to Leicester City played out on Saturday, and in a match that panned out almost exactly as the Foxes would have liked it to – hectic, manic and pretty much out of control – it was very pleasing to see the Reds come up with moments of quality at key times.
When we previewed the Burnley match last week, we insinuated that it might be a low-scoring affair, and that the Clarets deserved more respect from the betting market. Sadly, we were right on both counts as they managed to hold out for a 1-1 draw despite the Reds flying forward at every available opportunity.
The cup competitions in England are one way for a club to get their hands on some silverware where otherwise they might not have the chance. They are also a great opportunity for beleaguered managers to ‘trick’ their team’s owners into thinking they are doing a decent job – it has worked for Arsene Wenger for the past decade after all!
Football is a funny old game, that’s well documented, and the scenarios that often play out when 22 men kick a bag of wind around can still shock and surprise a century or more after the beautiful game’s creation.
It’s an odd thing to say, but Liverpool’s 0-5 defeat at Manchester City was entirely undeserved. There, we said it.
It has been a mercifully quiet couple of weeks in Liverpool, and we say mercifully because the transfer window has closed and Philippe Coutinho remains, for the time being at least, a Red.
Why do clubs wait until transfer deadline day before conducting major business? It’s hard to say with any clarity, and realistically there is no logical explanation for it.
For anybody who witnessed it, Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Hoffenheim on Wednesday evening was memorable for a couple of reasons, and while qualification for the Champions League proper was the obvious highlight it has to be said that the Reds’ attacking play was as exciting as it has been in decades.
It wasn’t the most devastating of displays, but the fact that Liverpool were able to claim their first win of the Premier League campaign on Saturday, while resting players ahead of this clash with Hoffenheim, is pleasing.