Liverpool Avoid 2014-style Slip-up against Chelsea

Liverpool, When Andrew Robertson slipped on the Anfield turf late in the second half of Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea yesterday (Sunday), there was a brief silence as the ghost of 2014 reared its head.

Liverpool might have been leading 2-0 at the time, but after constant reminders of the same fixture five years ago when Steven Gerrard’s fall gifted Chelsea their opening goal on the way to a victory that undid the Reds’ title challenge, it was clear some of the scars remained.

So when Liverpool finally recovered the ball and danger was averted, it was no surprise that a cheer rang around the stadium. Jurgen Klopp, German coach of Liverpool even smiled on the touchline.

Everyone knew the significance of the moment. After watching Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah score within the space of two minutes to earn a 2-0 lead, it was final confirmation that this time, it would be different.

Liverpool passed the test that wracked the nerves of so many fans beforehand. Klopp said on Friday that the game in 2014, which helped Manchester City to the title, had no bearing on his team this time around. And he was right.

From their tactics, to their personnel and an unwillingness not to be distracted by outside forces, Liverpool banished the memory of ‘the slip’ forever, according to the German.

“We can finally close the slipping book,” Klopp said. “Robertson slipped and nothing happened, so it’s not a Liverpool thing. Done.”

In one of the tightest title races in years, it was another sign that Klopp’s side might have enough going for them to win a first league championship in 29 years.

There are many ways in which this Liverpool team is different to the 2014 one, not least in terms of experience, but the approach of fans and the club has changed too.

By the time of the match in 2014, which was later on in the season, Liverpool had won 11 successive league games, and looked to be closing in on the title.

The fans could sense it and they let it show. For home games, they surrounded the team bus down the Anfield Road approach to the stadium, lending matches a carnival-like atmosphere.

Being in the hunt for this year’s Premier League appears more normal. Of course the club are desperate to end their long wait, but with Manchester City two points behind with a game in hand, there are no premature celebrations, the BBC sport news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency