Hate isn’t a word I throw around a lot, but I do hate international breaks. This particulate time, the break completely reset our momentum. Of course there is always the risk of getting injured in Adam Lallana’s case. Coming back and facing a well disciplined Southampton side didn’t help us get back into the swing of things either.
Just some take aways:
- Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Philippe Coutinho all had clear chances that could have resulted in three points. It just wasn’t meant to be today.
- I’m not sold on Emre Can. Perhaps it is the feeling that he’s not agile enough or that he just appears to be moving slower than everyone else. It might be that his shooting desperately needs work. However, he’s not the box to box destroyer some peg him to be (yet).
- Jurgen Klopp needs to improve the timing of his substitutions. Daniel Sturridge came on around the 78th minute and Divock Origi just before added time. Both of these substitutions missed the final waves of meaningful attack, neither were able to contribute much in the way of a game winning moment.
- Adam Lallana was sorely missed.
- Full credit to Southampton, they had a plan and it worked. We were good enough not to get caught on the break, but were unable to capitalize on the few errors they made. We were patient, but unable to find the back of the net. There will be more games like this one.
- We go again against the Blackcats next weekend. They do not have the personnel to replicate Southampton’s effort today and…Moyes…