Another slip-up from Liverpool at London Stadium against West Ham United, they weren’t able to get past a 1-1 draw and fell back again at the top.
That 5-point advantage that Liverpool had over Manchester City could’ve remained as such this Monday when the Reds visited West Ham United at London Stadium, but Jürgen Klopp’s side wasn’t able to get past a 1-1 draw that gave the Citizens more room to improve and made this competition way more interesting as there are only three points between the two top clubs in the Premier League.
In fact, even Tottenham Hotspur has a greater chance to actually win the tournament by the end of the season, as they have moved 5 points behind the Reds with their victory from last Saturday after Liverpool’s result from today.
This struggle that Liverpool had during the match against the Hammers, is another proof that the pressure to win the Premier League for the first time in their history may be too much by the end of the season and they will fail again.
Although it’s still too soon to tell where they will end up when the competition ends, the fans are already starting to bully the club because of their inability to keep the distance from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Pep Guardiola must be savouring the moment after today’s match, he really believed the competition was lost a few weeks ago.
The match at London Stadium didn’t start off on a bad note for Liverpool, as they got ahead in the scoreline with a goal from Sadio Mane after James Milner assisted him just moments past the 20 minutes of the match.
But Michail Antonio was able to equalize the game after an assist from Felipe Anderson just moments after Liverpool’s first goal, manager Jürgen Klopp seemed very nervous throughout the whole match as he realized that none of his attacking players was inspired tonight.
Mohamed Salah had several efforts with no luck, he was actually very erratic throughout the whole match and there were not many clear chances that could give them the advantage.
This match was one of those classic days in which nothing works out for the squad that needs the victory the most, very few of the offensive Liverpool players actually seemed involved on winning the match and Manuel Pellegrini’s ultra-defensive football wasn’t helping their case during the second half.
The German manager was seen quite nervous by the end of the match, he didn’t like the final result and it was too obvious right after the final whistle.
Pellegrini telling Klopp that their goal was “2 meters offside” 😂😂 What a man 😂👏
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— Real Talk Manchester City ⚽️ (@RealTalkMCFC) February 4, 2019
The German manager tried to keep his cool in the press conference after the match, but he wasn’t happy with the way in which West Ham United players were playing during the second half.
The German boss was seen coming after the referee and manager Manuel Pellegrini, but his complaints weren’t useful to help him avoid the final result.
“I think it’s a deserved draw. We were not at our best,” said Klopp via The Mirror.
“We had good moments, scored a goal that was offside but I think the ref knew at half-time and you saw there were a lot of strange situations – not decisive, just rhythm breakers…50-50s, 60-40s, free-kick for the other team.”
“I said to the referee about a lot of situations, I was really calm… it’s nothing serious. We had to change three positions, we trained a lot but we didn’t get taller with the changes.”
“They are really strong. The goal they scored – we knew about the routine but they’re smart, really good.”
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019
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