Liverpool capitulated to Leicester, conceding three late in the game, and it’s tough to take.
This side doesn’t seem to have the sharpness to see out games and maintain performances at anything like the required standard for 90 minutes. Trent Alexander-Arnold, himself one of the struggling players, was open about the performance.
“I think, 70, 75 minutes, we were outstanding, up there with one of our best performances,” the right back told LFC TV, as reported by the Liverpool Echo . “Counter-pressing, taking the ball off them for fun. They couldn’t really get out. Really, really top drawer from us.
“I think, first half, we never created too many clear-cut chances but second half we did. [We] had a few more shots, scored, and were in the driving seat.
“And then the tables turned. They put the game to bed in the matter of five, 10 minutes. That’s football. It happens so quickly, it just happens. In the moment, we’ve crumbled at the end of the day.
“We had confidence going into it. We were 1-0 up. I haven’t watched it [the first goal] back, but being part of the challenge, when he gave a pen, I didn’t personally think it was a foul but I haven’t watched it back.
“I’ve heard it’s dubious for the offside. It’s the same thing going on nearly every week now. But it’s part of football and we’ve got to get on with it.
“Second goal, one in a million, really. Lack of communication. No one to blame there. And the third goal, we lost the ball in a bad position and they punished us for it. By that point, the game is dead and buried and it’s tough to get back from that point.
“But like I said, I think our mentality needs to improve in those tough situations we had.”
It’s really poor at the moment. There are complicated reasons and they will require complex solutions. But they need to be found, like, yesterday.