Liverpool came from behind to lead against Watford until added time, where the Hornets found the equaliser in what was a rollercoaster of a game.
Alberto Moreno started at left-back for Liverpool today as he impressed during pre-season, while Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino lined up at the front line.
It took just eight minutes for the Reds to fall behind. Having enjoyed being in charge for all of about seven minutes, a set-piece led to the opening goal from Stefano Okaka.
It wasn’t until the half-hour mark that Liverpool had redeemed themselves. A clever ball was played in by Emre Can to Moreno, then Mané stepped over the pass and darted in from the left into the top of the far corner. Cool, calm, collected and back in the game.
The joy lasted a whopping two minutes, as Abdoulaye Doucoure lashed in a loose ball from eight yards. Mané almost put the Reds level against, but they went into the break trailing.
Liverpool got the strong start to the second half that they wanted, and were back in the game by the 57th minute. Firmino lifted a ball from Dejan Lovren over Gomes for Salah to head home in front of the away end. A perfect way for the debutant to open his Liverpool account, putting the Reds ahead.
It looked as though Liverpool were going to return to Merseyside with the three points, but a late header in the 94th minute from Britos meant that the points would have to be shared.
Of course, it feels like a loss for the Reds and despite their improvements going forward, the problems at the back are still to be addressed. Dejan Lovren is simply not good enough at centre-back and Virgil van Dijk would certainly be a huge improvement at the back.
The midfield didn’t look too impressive to me either, but it certainly is not the most alarming worry. It is frustrating seeing a whole summer go by with a huge transfer kitty but still failing to sign our targets and ignoring the defensive problems.
Time and time again, set-pieces get the better of our side and to concede three goals in the first game of the season, to a lower-ranked side is just appalling. Embarrassing.
Liverpool will travel to Hoffenheim on Tuesday for the first leg of the Champions League qualifier and after today’s performance, it does worry me that they may not qualify for the Champions League after a tough season last time out, fighting for top four.
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