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WHEN DOES IT END?: Derby defeat for Reds as dreadful form continues

 

An early Richarlison goal put the writing on the wall in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield.

Liverpool hadn't lost at home against rivals Everton since 1999, but that goal will have had Red hearts sink.

The Reds have been nothing short of dreadful at home and this defeat was their fourth successive loss at Anfield.

It seems a distant memory that the Reds were top of the table at Christmas after a 7-0 win away at Crystal Palace.

Since then, out of a possible 33, Jurgen Klopp's side have collected just nine points.

Only Sheffield United, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton have won less.

Three of those sides are under serious threat of relegation. That's the not-so-esteemed company this team are currently in.

 

Poor decision making

 

Right from kick-off, the warning signs were clear.

Everton sent the ball long towards Liverpool's new centre back Ozan Kabak and he couldn't deal with it.

Granted, it was a windy night at Anfield. However, if he had simply let the ball run out for a goal kick there would have been no pressure.

The first goal came from sloppy play too. Thiago's baffling header turned the ball over and Everton eventually scored.

 

Penalty?

 

There's plenty of debate about whether Trent Alexander Arnold fouled Dominic Calvert Lewin for Everton's penalty.

One thing is for certain - it didn't mean a thing in terms of the result. Everton were set to win that game without that intervention.

Had it been all square at that point, it might have been a bigger talking point.

But at this stage, it's irrelevant.

 

Poor form

 

The Champions League is still on the cards for Liverpool this season, but they better enjoy it. Next season, they look likely to miss out.

Or even worse, be playing football on Thursday nights.

It's unprecedented the number of injuries they've endured, but it can't be to blame for form this poor.

The players once known as the mentality monsters have capitulated in the most embarrassing way possible.

There could be big changes to come at Anfield over the summer - especially if they miss the top four.


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