It looked as though it was all going according to plan after 64 minutes for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool against Bournemouth. Emre Can made it 3-1 to the visitors, and Liverpool had leapfrogged Arsenal into second-place in the Premier League.
But skip forward another 30 minutes, and remarkably the Reds somehow managed to lose the game 4-3.
The lesson learned? This side simply cannot win the league with the current back-five they’re fielding.
The temporary loss of Philippe Coutinho didn’t bring about the problems we expected in terms of going forward, with replacement Divock Origi netting a stunning goal in the first-half and Sadio Mane also getting on the scoresheet.
But goalkeeper Loris Karius still looks shaky in between the sticks, while Klopp’s decision to start Lucas Leiva at the back alongside Dejan Lovren, despite having Ragnar Klavan available to him in Joel Matip’s absence, was certainly questionable.
And, while he continues to emphasise his versatility, James Milner just isn’t a Premier League-winning left-back.
Impressive going forward – they’re now the highest scoring side in the league – one statistic that will worry Klopp is that no side in the top-eight has conceded more than his.
However, they are seven points better off than they were at this stage last year, and three points ahead of the tally they’d accumulated at this point in their 2013-14 campaign, which almost saw them win the title.
So it’s not all doom and gloom for the Merseyside outfit. And 9/2 is probably the right price for them to lift the trophy come next May.
They have it all to do, and perhaps their priority should instead be to break into the top-four again, after two years out of the Champions League.
Would that be enough progress for Liverpool supporters? Or are the Reds well and truly in another title race?
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