Football giveth and football taketh away. After a 7-0 goalfest against Crystal Palace and then a bright start at Anfield facing Big Sam’s West Brom, Liverpool ended up sharing the points in a game most thought they’d win. The second half was a disappointing display which included Joel Matip limping off the pitch with a groin injury.
Still, the Reds remain at the top of the table, and they’ll look to strengthen their position when they head to St. James’ Park on Wednesday for a match against Newcastle United.
Trent Alexander-Arnold played all 90 minutes of that West Brom stinker, and he said that it’s up to the players to learn from that experience going into the Newcastle game.
“I think we kind of know that it’s going to be a similar sort of game,” he said, referring to the very defensive and obstructionist style of football on display from West Brom. “They’ll probably have the idea of wanting to stop us from doing what we want to do and then counter really. But it’s the Premier League, so anything can happen – we saw that [against West Brom]. We know that if we’re not at 100 per cent then we don’t deserve the three points.
“That’s something we’ll be looking at and making sure that our mindset and mentality is right throughout the whole 90 minutes because [against West Brom] it wasn’t and we got punished for that.”
It’s not often lately that the Reds put in two poor performances in a row. Hopefully that trend continues and they head back with three points tomorrow evening.