Liverpool were terrible on Monday, if we’re going to call a spade a spade. What’s worse is the laughingly obvious inevitability of the Reds failing after 16 days of rest. After notching yet another victory against one of the top six teams. After Leicester sacked their manager only days before.
Plenty of metaphorical ink has been spilled over the hows and whys of Liverpool’s capitulation. For his part, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum had his own thoughts on the matter.
“It was really difficult,” he said. “We knew beforehand that it was going to be tough, especially in the first couple of minutes, but we didn’t adapt well in the game.
“They were playing really hard in the beginning; you could see it in the first couple of minutes when they made the tackle on Sadio – that was a sign that it was going to be a really difficult game.
“We didn’t adapt well in the situation, and then we went behind 1-0 with a mistake from me. Then we were not in the game.
“[In the] second half, we tried to do it differently, [but] we conceded another goal. We scored a goal, but at the end it wasn’t good enough from our side.”
Liverpool will have another chance to redeem themselves against Arsenal on Saturday, though matches against tough competition hasn’t been the problem this season. The real test will be what they can muster against Burnley the week after that.