On Sunday against Manchester City, Liverpool looked competitive. Right up until they weren’t, three goals within ten second half minutes quickly taking the game from a largely evenly played affair to laughably lopsided.
Unexpectedly, two of the goals came from goalkeeping errors, a rarity since Alisson Becker arrived at Anfield. And according to Gini Wijnaldum, his teammates were less bothered by those errors than how they reacted.
“When you play football, you always know everyone can make a mistake,” Wijnaldum said. “If you look at the other side he has saved so much. It will happen that a goalkeeper makes a mistake. You just try to fix it in the game.
“We were more disappointed that we couldn’t change it around for him because if you look at since he was here how many times he saved us—he won trophies for us—it’s difficult that we couldn’t change it around for him.”
A victory on Sunday would have kept Liverpool’s slim title hopes alive. Without it, there is no chance of domestic silverware this season—and it’s hard to see this team, with its injuries and current form, triumphing in Europe.
It leaves top four as the main battle and priority. To get back into next season’s Champions League, get a chance to rest and reload over the summer, and to go again. But they will need to start winning again to do even that.
“We know it’s difficult this season,” Wijnaldum added. “But we will not give up, we will continue what we are doing and try to win games.”