Correction: This article has been amended to reflect only verifiable information regarding quotations.
Remember how Liverpool were breaking records left and right on the way to winning a maiden Premier League title and a sixth European Cup? Yeah, well now the defending league champions are setting marks for all the reasons.
A crushing 2-0 defeat to Everton was the first home loss to their bitter rivals in over two decades, and also the first time the Reds have dropped this many in a row at Anfield in nearly a century.
Oh, and a sixth Liverpool center back, Jordan Henderson limped off injured, as the captain had to be substituted with what looked like a serious groin injury. The Englishman’s demeanor as he departed suggested he is set to join fellow center back options Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Fabinho and Ben Davies on the physio’s table, alongside the likes of Diogo Jota, Naby Keïta and James Milner. That sentence would be comical if it wasn’t so fucking tragic.
And yet, and yet. Even sporting a XI of injured Reds capable of challenging at the top of the table, a loss to bloody Everton is never, ever excusable.
An exasperated Jürgen Klopp revealed his struggle to diagnose his side’s alarming drop in form that sees them rooted to 6th in the table:
“I cannot explain really,” the boss said in a post-match interview. “I think us being dominant in games is becoming a familiar story, but the opponent still scores.”
“We controlled the quality of the opponent well—but the one mistake we make they punish. They could make 10 mistakes, but we didn’t punish.”
“Most importantly we have to admit that they scored twice, and we didn’t so that makes the result. Around their goals I think we created enough but we didn’t finish the situations off. We weren’t clinical.”
Red supporters holding onto misguided hope of good news on their captain’s welfare:
“It doesn’t look like a small injury,” Klopp admitted. “Henderson getting injured is a tough one to take. We will go through this [injury] and in the end we will succeed.”
Jurgen Klopp's face when Jordan Henderson was forced off with an injury.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 20, 2021
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Pretty much everything is rotten in the state of Denmark, and the club will ultimately need to get to the root of their fitness issues that have plagued the Reds more than any other big side in Europe.
In the meantime, halting the slow, but accelerating car crash that is this season is priority number one, as Liverpool, incredulously, are in danger of missing out on European competition entirely on current form.
Klopp has to fix this fast. Either that or write the whole goddamn season off.