Liverpool had not lost at their home Anfield for quite some time. But today’s result, while surprising in the context of the Premier League table, should not be quite shocking.
Because the defensive frailties continue to haunt this potentially great side. Can we score goals? Yes. Well, most of the time. Can we keep a clean sheet? Yes. But only sometimes.
This defeat leaves the Merseysiders 7 points behind leaders Chelsea who will play Hull City on Sunday. And the gap could grow to 10 points with a win for Antonio Conte’s side.
Second placed Tottenham Hotspur did not take much advantage as they needed a late, controversial equalizer to get a point at Manchester City. City took the lead in a performance that pleased manager Pep Guardiola. But the match ended 2-2.
Arsenal could move 2nd if they win their game at home. The visitors will be 12th-place Burnley. That match is also on Sunday.
Liverpool’s next Premier League will be against clear leaders Chelsea. That game scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st of 2017 will surely decide whether the reds can realistically remain in the title race.