When a team loses, everybody feels it. Even if they sat on the bench all day, they feel it. The regret seeps into the dressing room. It’s carried like extra weight in training the next week. It asserts itself as a collection of intrusive thoughts, catching players off-guard while they’re trying to eat their breakfast in peace.
But some players feel it worse than others. Dom Solanke had an opportunity to give Liverpool a late winner last weekend in the Merseyside Derby, only to have his goal ruled offside. That waved-off goal, the resulting draw, and then the 0-0 result against West Brom a few days later, have been living rent-free in Solanke’s head all week.
Not getting the goal was painful, but as he told the club website earlier today, it’s the result that’s really sticking him.
“I think it’s always disappointing when you don’t get a win. Obviously we’re one of the best clubs in the league, so when you drop points it’s always a negative. But I think it’s important to take the positives from the games as well. You can learn a lot from games like that when a team plays a bit more defensive - sometimes it gets hard to break them down and you know you’ve got to try to take your chances when you’re on top. We have quite a lot of the ball in the majority of the games so I think we’ve got to try to make sure we finish it off.”
Thankfully, Solanke has a ready solution in mind— beating the snot out of Bournemouth tomorrow.
“I think that’s the good thing with all the games, you know if you drop points in one game then a few days later you can put it right straight away and try to climb back up the table, so we’ll definitely be looking to do that on Sunday. It’s an important stage of the season. We need to try to get as many points as we can, and we’ll definitely be going there to win.”
Winning is a great palette cleanser. They should go do the thing.