It’s likely that the overriding emotion amongst Liverpool fans this week is one of disappointment. The Reds, of course, were held to a 0-0 draw with Everton on Sunday, with their Merseyside rivals preventing Jurgen Klopp’s men from maintaining their spot at the top of the table.
Indeed, by dropping 2 points against Everton, Liverpool have allowed Man City to get back in the driving seat in pursuit of the Premier League title, and that’s disappointing.
As per TalkSport, speaking on The Final Word, he said: “I actually don’t think today [draw to Everton] is a bad point. They’ve dropped points recently which probably makes the result worse than it actually is but to go to Everton and the big derby that it is, I don’t think it’s actually a bad point.”
He continued: “There are still twists and turns in the Premier League. I don’t believe Manchester City are going to win their final nine games, Liverpool are going to drop points and it’s all to play for.”
“I don’t think today is a bad point.”
“Because they’ve dropped points recently, it seems a lot worse.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 3, 2019
Of course, prior to Liverpool’s game with Everton, they’d had 4 draws in their last 6 games in all competitions. Whilst not poor form by any means, that does suggest that the Reds aren’t at their best at present, and so like Mason says, being held to a draw against one of your biggest rivals isn’t the worst result in the world – even if it does feel that way.
Sure, a win would have helped them out, but Liverpool didn’t let the pressure get to them, and that’s a positive to take.
It’s also vitally important to recognise the wider context of the Premier League title race. Man City are just one point ahead of Liverpool. All it will take is for them to draw a couple of games or lose one and the Reds will be back in the driving seat. It’s not like Man City have to slip up a few times; just one game could turn the entire tide.
Man City have still got to face Tottenham and Man Utd, in addition to their ongoing FA Cup run, and so anything could happen this season.
Something else for Liverpool to consider is that in getting past Everton, they’re now down to just two so-called major games – against Chelsea and Tottenham. Jurgen Klopp should have identified a derby game with Everton as a tough game, and he’ll recognise that the point that they earned is still a point won – rather than two points lost.
It’s not all doom and gloom for Liverpool. There’s a lot still to play for.