Dhe negative run by Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool FC in the English Premier League is taking on historic dimensions. The defending champion lost the city derby against FC Everton 0: 2 (0: 1) and conceded the fourth defeat in a row. That never happened in the Klopp era – the last time the Reds ran such a negative run was in December 2002. It was also the Reds’ fourth home defeat – the last time it happened almost 100 years ago in December 1923.
Team manager Klopp had already ticked off the successful title defense, but now Liverpool is also threatened with losing connection to the Champions League places. As sixth, the Reds are three points behind in fourth place, which is enough for the premier class. To the defeat come new injury concerns for Klopp captain Jordan Henderson increased the problems on the defensive when he had to be replaced after half an hour with a muscle injury in his right thigh. He too is threatened with a break.
Despite significantly more possession and numerous scoring chances, the defending champion failed to score – Everton, on the other hand, struck through Richarlison right from the start (3rd minute) and drew level with their rivals on points on the table. Everton, trained by the former Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, now concentrated on the defensive and brought the first victory on Anfield since September 1999 with a little luck over time. A controversial penalty, which Gylfi Sigurdsson (83.) converted, made for the decision. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was fouled by Trent Alexander-Arnold. The narrow decision on the penalty kick was confirmed by the video referee.
Sharp criticism from Tuchel
Team manager Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea FC criticized his offensive player Callum Hudson-Odoi unusually harshly in public. Tuchel had brought the English international to 1-1 (0-1) at FC Southampton after the break and already replaced in the 76th. “We demand 100 percent,” said Coach: “I wasn’t satisfied with his attitude, energy and counter-pressure. He is in no shape to help us. I wasn’t satisfied with his body language. “
However, Tuchel added, “everything will be forgotten again tomorrow” – and Hudson-Odoi “still has every chance” to recommend himself for further assignments. For example, in the first leg of the first leg in the Champions League at Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and at DAZN).
Tuchel’s winning streak in the English Premier League tore apart in Southampton. With the German internationals Timo Werner and Antonio Rüdiger in the starting line-up, the Londoners only managed one draw against Ralph Hasenhüttl’s opponents after their last five successes. Kai Havertz was not in the squad due to injury. Tuchel, with the Blues since late January, had five wins and one draw from his first six competitive games with Chelsea.
The series ended because Chelsea initially found hardly any gaps against the very attentive defensive of the Saints. Mason Mount (54th) showed strong nerves from the penalty spot and equalized. Previously, Southampton had struck ice cold through Takumi Minamino (33.), who was loaned from Liverpool. Jannik Vestergaard headed the ball into the crossbar in the 74th minute. For the Saints ended a negative run from the last six defeats in the league in a row.
Lazio, meanwhile, got in the mood for the Champions League duel with Bayern with a win in the Italian Serie A. The capital city club prevailed 1-0 (1-0) against Sampdoria Genoa on Saturday and pushed past champions Juventus Turin to fourth. The decisive goal for the seventh home win in a competitive match was scored by the Spaniard Luis Alberto in the 24th minute with a shot from around 13 meters.
Lazio welcomes the championship defending champion from Munich on Tuesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on Sky) for the first leg of the round of 16. Lazio has won all games in their home Olympic stadium since mid-December. The decisive duel between coach Simone Inzaghi’s team and Bayern is on March 17th against the German record champions. In the league, the Romans are currently level on points behind city rivals AS again on a Champions League rank, but have already played two games more than Juve with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
On the way to the eleventh championship title in Spain, league leaders Atletico Madrid failed for the second time within four days against UD Levante. After the 1: 1 on Wednesday in a catch-up game, the Rojiblancos lost 0: 2 (0: 1) on Saturday. Jose Morales (30th) and Jorge de Frutos (90th + 5) scored for the underdog.