Another game of Liverpool dominance, another disappointing result. Sixty-eight percent of the possession, twice as many shots, and by far the better side on the road for most of the afternoon. And another draw to take away from a game that really should have been a win. That at times felt like it needed to be.
The good news is Liverpool, despite sitting seventh, are just a point off Chelsea and Arsenal and two off Tottenham. Liverpool have struggled to get the results they deserve over the past month, but they haven’t lost touch with their top four competitors, and if they can start to take their chances should close the gap quickly.
“If you come away with a 1-1 result, that’s obviously a disappointing feeling,” was Simon Mignolet’s take on the situation. “You start to look at what you could have done better. I think we played well, we deserved to get the victory. We created chances. But it is how it is at this moment in time, so we have to take it.
It is how it is just about sums up Liverpool in September and, now, the start of October. They players may be generally playing well, but every new week that goes by without them taking their chances leaves fans, the manager, and themselves a little more worried and and increasingly frustrated by the situation.
“It’s disappointing and frustrating, but we have to keep looking forward,” Mignolet added. “We keep our heads up and make sure when we come back after the international break we go again against Manchester United, which is a big game and something to turn things right for us. We’ve got that one to look forward to.”
It’s been a frustrating past month, and it’s already beginning to look like the Manchester clubs might be pulling away at the top of the table, but a win against one of them in two weeks would go a long way towards getting things back on track for Liverpool—and for keeping United within reach.
That, then, has to be the goal. Keep playing well, keep pushing, and try to keep hold of a belief that the goals will start to come. That sooner or later they have to. Probably.