Paul Tomkins, Andrew Beasley, Daniel Rhodes, Chris Rowland and other TTT regulars will give their thoughts for 24 hours after the game, and we’ll have all the post-match stats too.
Liverpool have shown with more than enough goals in recent games that coping without Mo Salah and Sadio Mané is not a massive problem, but the lack of options – add Naby Keita to the absentees – has meant a lack of rotation, which has meant a lack of freshness. (And a lack of alternatives on the bench, made worse by the injuries to Thiago, Divock Origi and Harvey Elliott. When everyone is fit and available, it’s a strong bench, but several “bench players” are currently in the XI.)
The need to buy a player just to cover for the AFCON is shown to be unnecessary, with 12 goals in five games since the main men left for Africa, and both of the Premier League games won (as well as a cup final reached).
This was one of the most topsy-turvy displays, however, as others have noted below. For 35 minutes, brilliant. For 55 minutes, abject (Alisson aside). The collapse was alarming, but fatigue after the Arsenal game on Thursday has to play some role. And thankfully, the collapse didn’t cost any points.
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