Another game, another opponent, another night when Liverpool outshot their opponent, dominated possession, and kept opposition chances to a minimum but still, somehow, found a way to come up just short, to head home disappointed by another poor result.
It’s been the story of September. Six games, three draws, two losses, and a single win—and that one win came in a game Liverpool looked far less impressive than the loss and draw to either side of it. It has been frustrating, but Trent Alexander-Arnold says the goals will come.
“Each game, we’re getting better and stronger,” the fullback told the club’s official website following the match. “You can see that in our performances. It’s just the goals that are missing at the moment, but with time they’ll come and we’ll get better and better.”
Looking at the recent performances, intellectually what Alexander-Arnold is saying makes sense. Liverpool have played well in recent weeks, even if the results haven’t been there, and like an out of form striker still getting chances, if they keep playing well the results should come.
Emotionally, though, it’s getting harder to believe that as the weeks pass by and Liverpool keep throwing away points in games they have dominated everywhere except the scoreboard. It’s hard when every well played game with a poor result makes things a little tougher.
If Liverpool had got the results their play deserved and won games against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, they’d be all but certain already to advance from their Champions League group. They’d have advanced in the League Cup. They’d be in third in the league rather than fifth.
Where they are, things are still recoverable. They’re still well positioned to advance in their group if they turn their good play into results and start winning. They’re in fifth in the league, not fifteenth. And the League Cup is, at the end of the day, just the League Cup.
With every poor result from a good performance, though, the situation gets a little worse and, even if Liverpool start getting results again in the short-term, it will give them less room for error down the road. The season isn’t over, but September has so far been disheartening.
“We created a lot more chances than they did and had a lot more shots,” Alexander-Arnold added. “We just couldn’t get that second goal. We’re disappointed going home. We’ll keep fighting every week to try to get as many points as we can in every competition we play in.
“We’ve got the quality in the team to keep going and keep getting better. Everyone is improving with every game and soon we’ll be a force.”