Last season called, it wants its dogshit performance away to relegation fodder back. I thought these kind of days were behind us so it’s a massive wake up call to discover they aren’t.
Honestly, I didn’t even give Luton a 1% chance of getting something from this game, and while you can say that’s on me, I stand by it and I’ll die on that hill. We should never, EVER, be dropping points to Luton Town. It’s not acceptable.
Call that arrogant, disrespectful, whatever you like. I don’t particularly care. Virtually our full strength team (only Robbo is missing) in the form they’ve been in should not be failing to take three points against one of the worst top flight teams you’ll ever see. Yet they did and it was almost even worse as we were a couple o minutes away from actually losing. So what the hell went wrong?
A combination of things. Some are easy to quantify, others are somewhat speculative. I’ll start with the speculative. Some will say it was attitude, that we took Luton too lightly and weren’t as focused as we would have been against better opposition. Maybe that’s the case, maybe not. I don’t know and there was nothing specifically in the game that led me to think that.
It’s not a completely unreasonable thing to wonder though given how regularly we have been dropping points to absolute shite. It’s over two years since we beat a newly promoted side away from home so complacency might be part of it, but who can tell for sure.
I don’t think it was in this specific game though, so I’d rather focus on problems I can actually see clearly rather than speculate over ones I can’t, and there’s quite a few from this game. The easiest thing to do of course is to blame the finishing. That’s definitely part of it but in doing that we’d be glossing over other issues which are more important.
Klopp was good post match in that he said that the bigger problem was how we played and that we should have created a lot more chances, and had we done that then eventually we’d have taken one. I totally agree with that, although his tactics largely contributed to it.
We had loads of shots, but how many were really great chances? Nowhere near enough I’d say. The keeper has made loads of saves but not one of them was anything I wouldn’t have expected a half decent goalie to make. Alisson actually made the most difficult save of the game.