Brendan Rodgers has been consistently criticized for use of hyperbole during the course of his Liverpool tenure, but in the wake of yesterday's 4-1 loss at Arsenal, the manager was one of the few who hadn't gone off on an extended rant about the individual and collective effort. It was very, very poor, and more than a few of those selected were either off-form or overmatched. What that means about their value as footballers and/or humans remains to be seen, but plenty were content to condemn Liverpool's season (which, in fairness, is accurate as far as top four hopes go) and future generation based on two tough losses, their first since the calendar turned to 2015.
It was a low point, to be sure, and one that brought with it few positives. Not surprising that one of the standouts for positive reasons was Mamdou Sakho, who continues to be a constant bright spot in defense for Rodgers. Yesterday's performance brought with it a couple of shaky, and, in the case of Arsenal's second goal, costly moments, which isn't surprising given the host's dominance. He was lucky to have Olivier Giroud ruled offside after being pressured into a turnover early, and his late challenge on Mesut Ozil gifted the German international a free-kick just outside the Liverpool penalty area that would be swept home wonderfully by the playmaking midfielder.
There were the typical moments of assured defending and confidence in possession, of course, and his turn-and-backheel alone are worth watching for most of the afternoon as long as the scoreboard isn't visible. On the whole, it was a day best left forgotten, but worth remembering is the fact that even when Liverpool struggle, Mamadou Sakho continues to lead by example, and that's a quality this side need as they try to finish this season on a high.
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