Liverpool squandered their chances of going top of the Premier League table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham this evening.
The reigning champions looked hugely off their game at Craven Cottage and as a result, they conceded after just 25 minutes of play.
Bobby Reid punished Jurgen Klopp’s sloppy defence with a curling effort that left Alisson stunned.
Even after some tactical changes, Liverpool only got themselves back into the game through a late penalty. Mohamed Salah slotted away the spot-kick in the 79th minute but didn’t look like they would penetrate Fulham’s defence any more than this.
One player who was particularly disappointing tonight was Sadio Mane. The fiery winger who usually causes huge problems for the opposition was kept quiet far too easily by the Cottagers’ defence.
In what looked to be an easy win for Liverpool on paper turned out to be a very difficult fixture. The Reds couldn’t capitalise on Fulham’s poor form and still trail to Spurs who are top of the table.
Klopp’s entire front three were almost anonymous, aside from Salah’s penalty deep into the second half.
Mane was especially quiet, despite playing the full 90 minutes at the Cottage.
According to Sofascore, the clinical winger failed to register a single shot on target and he lost possession 14 times. He also missed a huge chance to find the back of the net and he made even fewer passes (17) than goalkeeper Alisson (24).
The £100,000 per week attacker was hugely off his game and will be furious with himself for putting in such a disappointing shift, so much so that he badly let his manager down.
He can only reflect on his errors and look to rectify them on Wednesday when the clash of the title contenders goes down.
Liverpool will play host to Spurs in what promises to be a very entertaining match, but it will be a must-win for Klopp and his men, who are desperate to retain their first-ever Premier League title.