Whew. Poor by LFC, but 3 points on the way back. Job done.
Again, we conceded at set-pieces. Not looking good. And it was the first corner.
Sometimes I really wonder if they do realise we need a defence specialist at our club to coach the players. Lacking one since years back. Carra, please submit your application.
What a ball by Henderson for Firmino’s equalising goal. To pump that in with accuracy with instinct, that’s not bad at all. He’s growing in stature, I have to say. Might be a decent captain after all. Just need to be much more vocal, and work on his tackling defensively, as well as positioning, to minimise the need for tactical fouls and yellows.
Up front, Sturridge still doesn’t do enough for me, he needs to run the channels, to offer the option for players behind him. And for a striker playing in EPL all his life, he can’t hold up the ball. What makes it more frustrating is his unwillingness to press.
Let’s hope Lallana’s injury isn’t that serious, but hopefully enough to keep him out for England’s games. If he’s out for extended period, we might see Sturridge or Origi playing upfront, with Coutinho dropping into central midfield, which might work for home games where we dominate the possession, but a risk playing away because Coutinho’s lack of defensive awareness.
Will be interesting how Kloop adjust his system without Lallana, as Can still looks a little rusty to me, might need some game time. Wijnaldum seem to be instructed to take fewer risks going forward against Swansea, which affected his performance as a result. Would rather him playing with a little more freedom and pushing forward naturally, but that’s what you get when you put two attacking midfielders in a midfield 3.
Clyne may be the MOTM but I noticed he has a weakness in positioning, especially when high balls from wide areas are coming into our box. It may not be a full-back’s job to clear high balls, but he should be at the very least, try to challenge for it. (Look at the last few goals we conceded)
Karius needs to be more confident in his decision making, almost cost us a late goal, while there were a couple of times he came and didn’t get the ball. Hopefully it gets worked out at Melwood, before better teams punish that.
Good 3 points definitely, but a lot of work to be done. Especially defensively. Can’t mention this enough.