Liverpool failed to take advantage of Chelsea and Arsenal slip ups as a combination of poor selections, poor substitutions, poor Sadio Mane and really stupid Dejan Lovren allowed Everton to get a point out of a game where they did precious little to deserve one. Mo Salah’s brilliant strike in the first half was cancelled out by Wayne Rooney’s penalty midway through the second.
The team selection for the day was a massive surprise with Klopp choosing to leave Brazilian duo Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on the bench and including Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in their stead. It was a weird decision and ultimately didn’t pay off.
The first 40 minutes of the first half was crying out for the type of creativity and work rate that Firmino and Coutinho would have provided and it took another moment of magic from our top scorer this season Mo Salah in order to break the deadlock. It was great pressing from the Egyptian who won the ball back on the right hand side of their penalty area, skipped past two players and curled a brilliant shot into the top left corner of the goal.
Klopp’s men could easily have been 2-0 up at half time and out of sight but for a rare moment of selfishness from Sadio Mane who was through on goal with Solanke and Salah both free for the pass which would leave them with an empty net. The Senegal winger decided however that the best option was the shot which was dragged badly wide.
Substitutions should then have been made at half time with Everton needing to come out fighting, giving us an increased chance of catching them on the break. None were made however and we continued as we were.
That was until Firmino was finally brought on…for our most dangerous player Mo Salah. Wonderful idea.
Many, many corners for us and many, many shots for us later and Lovren had fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the area and given away a penalty that Rooney converted. Coutinho came on at some point but it was too little too late and the chance to move up into 3rd place was lost.
Very, very frustrating. Onto that horrible game against West Bromwich Albion at home that obviously needed Coutinho and Firmino well rested for…