The recent warm-weather training trip to Dubai has seemingly done Liverpool few favours. The Reds met an inspired West Ham side that stymied the league leaders in a 1-1 stalemate in London on Monday night.

For the second fixture in a row, Liverpool struggled to find any rhythm or create many clear chances. The goals have gone missing and a dip in form has the side smarting since returning to action after their mini-break.

Despite a disjointed starting side, the Reds managed to take the lead when Sadio Mané fired home with an excellent finish. James Milner should have been flagged offside in the build-up but Mané’s turn and strike sparkled amidst a team performance that stuttered.

The lead did not last long, as Michail Antonio equalized six minutes later with a cleverly conceived free kick that saw the midfielder get beyond Naby Keita and turn one in off the far post. From that point on it was a scrap.

Liverpool were lucky not to fall behind or lose, as West Ham looked far more up for the fight. Declan Rice got free on another free kick and should have scored, while Liverpool’s chances rarely seemed as gilt-edged.

Yet, Divock Origi had a chance to win it at the death, slipping behind the defence only to send the ball right at Lukasz Fabianski.

Considering he was offside and eluded the assistant referee’s flag, it would have been a controversial result had he buried it. More worrying is that Liverpool’s lead is shrinking.

Here are four findings from the match.