After Manchester United dropped points against Everton, Wednesday looked set to be a golden opportunity for Liverpool to put a bit of breathing room between them and both United and Arsenal in the race for the top four. Instead, it ended up another case of dropped points against a bottom-half side.
"The start was not the best," Jürgen Klopp admitted following the match when he spoke to the press. "We were a little late in the mind, not really concentrated and there were three, four situations before their goal we were not on. Simon's dribbling, Ragnar's pass. You could feel a nervousness in the stadium."
Despite that shaky start that saw them behind early, Liverpool managed to work their way back into the game and for much of the match appeared the better side. At least until Bournemouth's late equalizer, a goal Klopp said "nearly made me vomit," robbed the home side of two points they needed to shore up their Champions League credentials.
Still, despite the disappointing result, Liverpool remain well positioned in third, at least for the time being, two points ahead of Manchester City and six up on United and Arsenal. Manchester City, though, have a game in hand. The other two clubs have two in hand, meaning if everyone wins out it would come down to goal differential.
Liverpool also ended the night with concerns over Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian headed straight down the tunnel following his second half substitution. Thankfully, it's illness and not injury, though now he and the rest of the squad won't have long to rest, recover, and regroup, with Stoke City waiting on Saturday.
"We had to change Phil because he felt sick at half-time," Klopp noted. "There's no joy in taking off your best player on the pitch, and the decision was go three at the back and allow the fullbacks to use space on the wings. He said after the match he feels better now, so that's good."