The invincible season isn’t on after all. Liverpool season suffered their first league loss after a previously unbeaten start the campaign, falling 2-1 to fellow title challengers, Manchester City in a pulsating affair at the Etihad.
A goal line clearance, a shot off the wrong side of the post and a missed straight red card were pivotal moments in the clash between league’s two heavyweight powers, with the reigning champions edging out on top.
For a Reds’ team that has ridden the luck of the bounce on more than one occasion this campaign, Thursday’s result was simply the flip side of that coin that midfielder Gini Wijnaldum encouraged his team to move on from:
“I think we did enough to get a point and we could have won it also,” the Dutchman said speaking to the team website.
“We were quite unlucky with the chances but we also could lose it—like we have now. We just have to keep the confidence and try to win the next game.
“They cleared well and we hit the post. They also had two or three chances so it could have gone either way; we could have won, drawn or lost. At the end, we were unlucky and they won the game.”
“We knew before it would be a hard game and we would have to give everything to win the game,” the 28-year-old continued.
“A few games this season we were lucky we have scored goals, and tonight we were quite unlucky with the chances that we had. That’s football.
“Sometimes you have games where you score a lot and score with every chance that you get—and sometimes you don’t. What we have to do now is to keep our confidence and win the next game.”