A Jurgen Klopp less Anfield which was getting emptier by the end of the game saw the Liverpool side surrender a 2 goal lead as Defoe and Johnson rescued a point for the struggling Sunderland side. Liverpool are now truly out of a race to the top four spots and will surely turn their focus in staying in Europe next season.
Here are 5 talking points from this 2-2 draw at Anfield:
1. Firmino has truly arrived:
One of the positives for Liverpool win this game has been the Firmino show. The Brazilian was full of energy and looked a natural outlet in attack for the home side. He nodded in a textbook header to give Liverpool the lead before toiling hard and setting up Adam Lallana for the easiest of goals for the second. He has now found some consistency that the club needs at the moment and was unlucky to have ended up with just a point.
2. Simon Mignolet is a serious problem:
The Belgian had a rather sedate time in front of goal against Sunderland but conceded with the only 2 shots on goal in the game. This has become a familiar stat for the Liverpool fans as he has now conceded 8 goals from the last 10 shots he has faced on target. He should have done far better to see off Johnson’s free kick in the second half and has now cost his side at least 12 points this season. Mignolet is far becoming a liability and more so after his 5-year contract extension.
3. Liverpool lack any cutting edge:
Even as Liverpool put more than 80% possession in the first half, they hardly tested Manone on goal and lack the movement needed to create and finish off chances in the final third. Time and again they find themselves playing too many passes and when the ball is played in, there is hardly anyone running in to get himself a goal. This needs to change and change drastically if Klopp wants his side to finish higher up in the points table.
4. Big Allardyce can rescue Sunderland:
Though they could not take anything from an impressive game at the Etihad, Sunderland took a point from this game after a sensational comeback and Sam Allardyce will hope that his team will pick some confidence from this game and will be able to reach safety before the end of the season. The manager averages a point a match in the Premier League and will hope that he can steer the Black Cats and put them safe in the top flight of English football.
5. There is something wrong at Liverpool:
Even as fans started to leave chanting ‘You Greedy B*****rds, Enough is Enough’, there was an air of mutiny all around Anfield which surely had its part in Liverpool losing out on all three point from this game. Ever since Teixeira got away, there is a lot of unrest with the Anfield outfit and the rise in ticket prices only set fire to the fuel. Jurgen Klopp, who is yet to win a league game at Anfield in 2016, will have the extra burden of winning the fans over and will have to produce some better performances if he wants the situation at Merseyside to come back to normal.
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