It has been 12 months since Liverpool last went back to back games without scoring.
Losing to Southampton at St. Mary’s in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final 1-0 saw Liverpool repeat the ignoble feat.
There were precious little positives about Liverpool’s performance in what has to be the nadir of the season.
Nearly nothing went well apart from Loris Karius and some good fortune preventing the Reds from suffering a crushing defeat before returning to Anfield in a fortnight. While a a second leg at home will be a very different proposition, Liverpool certainly made things more difficult.
The first 20 minutes were encouraging, as Liverpool patiently probed Southampton in a measured fashion. They even produced a moment that should have resulted in a goal but Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster foiled the finish. The lack of urgency even suggested that the strong starting eleven might have had an eye on the weekend clash against rivals Manchester United.
After the opening spell, Liverpool began to unravel at the back and Southampton were aggressive in opening up on the counter. Mistakes were compounded by the pace with which the Saints were able to respond and punish Liverpool. Minutes after a remarkable save, Karius was unable to stop Nathan Redmond from slotting home an easy chance.
After that, Liverpool never looked threatening. The interval did little to improve things as the side looked completely out of synch and off the pace. The shape of the team was off balance and was unable to find any kind of rhythm to pull themselves out of their malaise.
Here are four findings from the match.