Sunday February 21, 2021
“Everyone wants to play against them”
Masters Liverpool are now a build-up opponent
The fourth Premier League defeat in a row for English football champions Liverpool FC was particularly painful for Jürgen Klopp. “We’re here, we lost the derby 2-0. We all know how important the game is and that hits us hard,” said the coach after Saturday’s bitter setback against local rivals Everton. Club legend Graeme Souness criticized Sky Sports harshly. “It’s just a shadow of the Liverpool side over the past three years,” complained Souness. “Now everyone wants to play them because they’re an easy target. It hurts me to say that.”
In fact, Klopp’s team, which won the championship by 18 points last year, is no longer recognizable this season. As sixth in the table, Liverpool even threatens to gamble away qualifying for the Champions League. Nevertheless, Klopp practiced slogans to hold out. “
The opportunities we have created are the guarantee that we can change something.”
The 2-0 draw against Everton had historic moves. It was the first home bankruptcy against the Toffees since 1999. Liverpool lost four home games in a row almost 100 years ago in December 1923. And the last time an English football champion lost at home four times in a row was in the 1928/29 season. It was Everton of all people.
The Telegraph called it “catastrophic milestones”. Liverpool’s 2-0 win against RB Leipzig in the first leg of the Champions League first leg did not bring the hoped-for turnaround for Klopp and his team. In the derby, the champions fell behind after just three minutes. Ex-Bayern professional James Rodriguez outwitted the overwhelmed Schalker loan from Ozan Kabak and matched Richarlison (3rd minute).
The coach didn’t want to talk about the penalty that led to the second goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson (83). “It’s unfair to ask me about it because everyone is asking about it. And that means everyone thinks it wasn’t a penalty. But it really doesn’t matter because the referee thought it was a penalty.”
“It doesn’t look good” – again
The uncertainty can be seen in the team. Added to this is the never-ending bad luck with injuries. Against Everton, captain Jordan Henderson had to be replaced after half an hour because of problems with his thigh. “It doesn’t look good,” said Klopp sadly.
Liverpool failed to make up ground in the premier class race. Chelsea FC had previously dropped points and only played 1: 1 (0: 1) at Southampton FC. Coach Thomas Tuchel, undefeated with the Londoners, was annoyed about “missed opportunities”. He was not satisfied with his team. Callum Hudson-Odoi was hit particularly hard, and Tuchel took him off the field just 20 minutes after being substituted on. “Maybe that was unfair, but he didn’t make me feel like he could decide the game,” said Tuchel. “Tomorrow that will be forgotten and we are preparing for Atletico Madrid.”
The first leg of the Champions League first leg will take place on Tuesday in Bucharest.