Liverpool turned in another abject performance on Monday night as The Reds slowly begin to lose their grip at the top of the Premier League.
Danny Ings’ early strike was enough to win it for Southampton as Liverpool could only muster one shot on target in the whole game.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, a clearly disappointed Jordan Henderson discussed Liverpool’s poor recent form and their uncharacteristically slow starts.
“The start didn’t help. We’re starting slow in games and it’s not us. We’re probably saying that a few too many times at the minute so that doesn’t help. Second-half performance I thought was very good, but we don’t score again. In the last two games we’ve had some good chances and haven’t put the ball in the back of the net, so that’s another issue. I’d say they were the two main things.”
Henderson was asked how he thought his team could get back into the Southampton game, what their plan was:
“Just keep going. Keep pushing, try to find that equaliser. But unfortunately, we couldn’t do that. I thought we created some good chances still and maybe should have scored to get the equaliser, and probably deserved it in the second half, but unfortunately couldn’t do so.”
Finally, the Liverpool captain expressed his frustration at The Reds’ recent form:
“We’re frustrated, disappointed, but that happens in football. It’s how you deal with it is the main thing, so we’ve got an FA Cup game against [Aston] Villa and then in the league we’ve got [Manchester] United so we need to react quickly and bounce back quickly because the last few games, in terms of results, haven’t been good enough.”
Liverpool travel to play Aston Villa in the FA Cup this Friday evening – a game where Jürgen Klopp is likely to rotate the starting lineup very heavily. It should provide an opportunity for Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri and others to showcase their worth to the squad.
Next up in the Premier League is a top-of-the-table clash with Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday, January 17th.
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