After Another Frustrating Day, Liverpool Are Still Sitting Pretty

7 Feb

Once again Liverpool were left frustrated by refereeing decisions going against them, two controversial penalty decisions awarded by referee Jon Moss infuriated the home support.

The first penalty awarded was spurned by Tottenham’s prolific striker Harry Kane as Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius saved his effort from 12 yards, but the England striker made amends in the final seconds when he converted his second spot-kick of the game to keep Spurs just two points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table.

A draw was probably a fair result to end such a titanic contest between to teams playing to win, Liverpool had the better of the first half but Tottenham were very impressive in the second half and didn’t deserve to lose.

But despite the result being fair, the same can’t be said about the decision making by the match officials, and it’s not the first time this season that Liverpool have been left frustrated by decisions going against them.

Personally I wouldn’t want to see Jon Moss referee another Liverpool game again, I thought it was harsh when he sent Mane off against Manchester City earlier in the season but Sunday’s performance was so bad it felt like Liverpool were playing against twelve men and he was doing all he could to prevent the home side winning.

 

The warning signs were there in the first half when Liverpool players were correctly punished by Moss blowing his whistle to give free-kicks but the same didn’t go for Tottenham’s players committing fouls, as Moss just waved play to continue and his reluctance to give Liverpool a free-kick was rewarded by one of the loudest cheers of the game when finally gave the home side a decision midway through the first-half.

The debate has raged whether Moss was right or wrong to give the penalties, but there is no doubt that both were very soft awards.

Positives

Despite the disappointment and frustration, Liverpool can take many positives from the game.

Loris Karius has a lot to prove to remain Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper, but I thought he played very well against Spurs and felt it was extremely harsh to criticise him for the punch the led to Victor Wanyama’s thunderbolt.

Karius looked confident and assured and his decision making was much better.

Salah was once again the star man and his goals are so valuable to Liverpool’s chances of finishing in the top four, he is unplayable at times.

Liverpool’s midfield were superb in the first half against a very strong Tottenham midfield, although they ran out of gas in the second half, we must realise that they won’t play against such a good midfield often this season, and it was great to see Henderson have such a good game despite fading in the second half.

Firmino once again showed how he is so important to Liverpool’s attack with his workrate and link-up play.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was superb on the right side of defence by providing some great defensive cover combined with some brilliant attacking play that resulted in some tremendous crosses.

Andy Robertson is making the left-back position his own with some fine performances and this was another, and the Scot is proving to be a dependable defender in the left-back berth that we’ve not seen for a while at Anfield.

The defensive partnership of Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk proved to be a good selection by Jurgen Klopp, the two defenders were superb in the heart of Liverpool’s defence despite both being involved in Tottenham’s two penalty awards.

As a unit Liverpool defended superbly for the best part of the game and there is no doubt that van Dijk makes the defence much stronger with his leadership qualities.

After the weekend results Liverpool are still third in the Premier League table and they are still looking very good to finish in the top four at the end of the season.

 

 

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