New Delhi: Liverpool lost to a relegation-threatened club for a second consecutive Premier League outing, and their season is going down at a rapid pace. A campaign that promised so much is turning into a nightmare for Liverpool, and here it reached its lowest point yet
Their proud unbeaten Premier League record at Anfield, which stretched back 29 games and 19 months, is gone, taken away by a Leeds side that started the day 19th in the table. Jesse Marsch’s men picked up their first win in eight matches with the help of Crysencio Summerville’s 89th-minute strike to silence home fans with a 2-1 result. Only seven days before, the Reds had lost to Nottingham Forest, who occupied 20th place.
“I am sorry it is like this…” says Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp told the media, “So many things are unlike us in this moment. I am sorry it is like this, but that is the situation. I am not sure how deep you can dig, but we will. It is like it is and we will work on solutions.”
For Liverpool, it is a fourth league defeat this season, and they continue to look nowhere near the side which had fought so hard for a quadruple of trophies as recently as May. They sit ninth in the table, 13 points off the top spot, and looking unlikely even to fight for a top-four place at present.
They could have no complaints about this result, even if Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier made a series of saves in the second half. The visitors had led inside four minutes, Rodrigo Moreno pouncing after a mix-up between Joe Gomez and Alisson Becker, but Mohamed Salah’s equalizer looked to have restored order soon after.
Leed’s first win against Anfield
It is Leeds’ first win at Anfield since 2001, and they celebrated it. For Liverpool, meanwhile, it is another miserable Saturday. There have been far too many of those this season.
Speaking afterward, Klopp was asked about his side’s top four prospects, telling reporters, “That is actually not my main worry. There are a lot of other worries, but of course I am not that dumb that I don’t know about distances and who is up there.”
“But we cannot qualify for the Champions League if you play as inconsistent as we do at the moment. We have to fix that and then we will see where we will end up. We know everything is possible, or a lot of things are possible. But for that we have to win football games and we didn’t do that often enough yet.”