Having beaten the seemingly impenetrable Manchester City last weekend, Liverpool have conspired to lose to basement side Swansea City and record their first defeat since October.
The Reds thumped Swansea 5-0 over the festive period and in a dogged display the Swans managed to just about get over the line and complete their revenge mission, even though Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated the game with 72 per cent possession, 21 shots on goal and nine corners.
As you can imagine, then, a number of missed opportunities are to blame for Liverpool’s failure to at least draw level with the Welsh club, but one of those scorned chances has stood out in the aftermath of the game, which sees Liverpool stay in fourth place.
In the dying seconds of added time Virgil van Dijk clipped an inch perfect cross into Roberto Firmino whose header came back out off the post only for Adam Lallana to blaze the ball over the bar when it would have been easier to hit the net.
This was perhaps a small symbol of just the kind of night Liverpool had overall and is unfortunately another in a long list of setbacks the Reds have endured this season.
They do, however, have the opportunity to make amends for this defeat when they take on West Brom in the FA Cup this coming Saturday before returning to Premier League action against Huddersfield the following week.