Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland: Reds blow two-goal lead at Anfield

on 06.02.2016


Liverpool drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, as late goals from the visitors saw the Reds blow a 2-0 lead.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 6, 2016: Liverpool supporters walk out of the ground on 77 minutes to protest against a £77 ticket price during the Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland

Premier League – Anfield – Saturday 6th February 2016

Goals: Firmino (59), Lallana (69); Johnson (82), Defoe (89)

Pre-match

The surprise breaking news prior to kick-off was that Jurgen Klopp would not be present at Anfield, with the German suffering from appendicitis.

There was just one change to the side that lost 2-0 to table-toppers Leicester City in midweek, with Joe Allen deservedly earning a start in place of Lucas Leiva.

Daniel Sturridge returned to the squad for the first time this year, which was hugely positive news for everyone concerned.

Much of the pre-match talk was about Liverpool’s much-criticised ticket prices ahead of next season, and the home fans showed their displeasure, with black flags and banners out in force.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 6, 2016: Liverpool Managing Director Ian Ayre as fans protest against ticket prices behind him before the Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

First-half

It was a slow start to the game, with Anfield almost eerily quiet.

Patrick van Aanholt had the first effort on goal, with the left-back dragging a long-range effort harmlessly wide of the Anfield Road net.

Dejan Lovren disappointingly picked up an early injury, with Kolo Toure replacing the Croatian 11 minutes into proceedings.

Vito Mannone made a good stop to deny the goal-bound Alberto Moreno on the 20-minute mark, although the Spaniard’s finish was indicative of Liverpool’s lack of ruthlessness in front of goal this season.

James Milner didn’t make the most of being sent through on goal soon after, while some lazy touches saw Anfield growing increasingly restless.

A fizzing left-footed strike from Roberto Firmino flew just over the crossbar, while Moreno headed over in a great position.

The injured Allen was replaced by Jordon Ibe just before the whistle, as Liverpool’s injury woes show no sign of going way.

Van Aanholt almost turned the ball into his own net, and it was the final moment of a forgettable opening 45 minutes. The Reds did improve a little as the half went on, though.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 6, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Sunderland during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Second-half

Having only enjoyed a pitiful 18 per cent of possession in the first-half, Sunderland actually looked quite confident on the ball in the early minutes after the restart.

Liverpool also had a little more zip to their play, although their final ball proved to be their Achilles heel at crucial times.

A lovely piece of individual play from Firmino saw the Brazilian shoot just wide of the target from range, while at the other end, Sunderland threatened from a couple of corners.

In the 59th minute, Liverpool were ahead. Firmino, the Reds’ most lively attacking player, headed home Milner’s precise to bring Anfield to life. It was their first goal in nearly four matches.

Liverpool were suddenly all over their opponents, with Mannone keeping out efforts from Adam Lallana and Ibe. The hosts looked a different side to the opening 45 minutes.

Jordan Henderson, still very much struggling for form, shot wide from distance, while Van Aanholt missed a wonderful chance to equalise in front of the Kop.

It was 2-0 with just over 20 minutes remaining. Firmino raced through, before unselfishly squaring for Lallana to tap the ball home.

As many fans had threatened to do all week, Anfield emptied noticeably after 77 minutes, venting their anger at owners FSG and their ticket prices in the process. It was unprecedented.

With nine minutes remaining, Sunderland pulled one back. Adam Johnson’s free-kick crept past Mignolet, but the Belgian simply had to do better.

Incredibly, Jermain Defoe then scored a late equaliser to stun the remaining fans inside Anfield. Once again Liverpool had fallen short of victory.

It was a bitterly disappointing result, especially when the game appeared to be over at 2-0. Did the walk-out affect the players?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 6, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first goal against Sunderland during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

TIA Man of the Match: Roberto Firmino

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren (Toure 11′), Sakho, Moreno, Henderson (Lucas 86′), Can, Allen (Ibe 45′), Lallana, Milner, Firmino.

Subs not used: Ward, Benteke, Sturridge, Flanagan

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones (Yedlin 75′), van Aanholt, O’Shea, Kone, Kirchhoff (Johnson 66′), Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, Watmore (N’Doye 25′), Defoe.

Subs not used: Pickford, Brown, Rodwell, Toivonen

Referee: Bobby Madley

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  1. sakho,moreno and mignolet are horrible, this is soo frustrating !! can was even playing? we need to buy a god dm ffs!

    • Klopp actually to blame too.
      Call.him back and keep faith with mignoshit.
      Ward deserved chance after that pathetic arsenal display.

    • To think some fans were actually trying to justify the decision to give him a contract. It was a poor decision by Klopp, no question.

      • i think klopp really thinks he can fix him. thats the only logic reason i see behind this. but in my humble opinion as a fan, its better for everyone if we have signed a solid keeper and build the defense from there after. now we simply cant do that can we with that belgian joke of goalie

  2. We need to buy CLASS players as we have too many average players. GK,CB,DM,ST. If we get all these positions sorted with class experienced players we can beat teams like Sunderland with ease. We are a joke atm

  3. mignolet….mignolet….mignolet….again and again..
    actually i am not surprised by team’s performance..
    what was sakho doing there…
    no idea…
    what is going on with the team..

    • mignolet is a joke. he is an error who makes errors nothing more. look how patheticaly he put up that wall. johnson just passed the ball straight to goal. not even had to bother to pass it above it

  4. Liverpool is the nicest team in the premier league – they’re always willing to give you one more chance :)

    Lots of work and patience required. And patience as well.

  5. Well the only plus is FSG’S investment won’t be too profitable unless the team is doing well on the pitch so they gotta back Klopp in the summer.

    They should be professional enough but did the walkout actually affect them? Anyone watch it or at the game to confirm or deny?

    • The walk out was well supported
      the chants of
      enough is enough enough is enough
      you greedy bas£ards enough is enough ,will hopefully start the beginning of the end for fsg
      also turned it off in the 77th minute and watched final score on the BBC they gave the walkout plenty of coverage

  6. Absolutely gutted, if Liverpool can’t hold a two goal lead against a team like Sunderland at home, there’s no point in playing at all.

  7. Enough is enough. I don’t care what other changes take place in this team, but Migs has to go.

    How much more of his mistakes can we take? This is not even good enough for regular mid-table teams. Time to find a new GK…whether that’s from within with Bogdan and Ward or outside I don’t know. But he’s had his chances….a good number of them.

  8. If mings would be a girl he would get pregnant a lot. takes it all in first shot.

    Klopp’s faulty appendices would make a better goalie than mings.

  9. How TIA will defend Sahko now? What an overrarted player geez, error an injury prone, he’s now making Skrtel look good

    • I have said this several time and I have been abused here. by no means is Sakho the best defender at LFC and yes, he has had a constant run of games too, just criminal to call him the best defender really, squad player at best!

  10. Didn’t Klopp say that these next few fixtures would determine where our season would go? Flattened by Leicester then this- looks like its not gonna end too well…

    • Migs does not even deserve to be on the Bench. It would be better to have an open goal (without a keeper) than Migs between the sticks.

  11. Stages of Grief:

    Denial
    Anger
    Bargaining
    Depression
    Acceptance

    Been on the acceptance stage for ages now. Didn’t even get mad when we conceded the second goal, just expected it.

  12. Fair result. We deserve it. Well done sunderland. It would have been crime if those bunch of low class players in red shirt would have won the match.

  13. Worst Liverpool team that I’ve witnessed in my life time, the mentality is so weak and fragile, I cannot believe we bottled it agaisnt probably one of the worst teams in the league, I say it literally every week, but this squad needs to be torn apart, if these some of these players remain we’re only gonna be let down time and time again. Mignolet also, time to go son, you’re simply not good enough.

    • Blame it on the worst defender and the worst goalkeeper in the division, I’ll let you figure out the names.

    • the 2010-11 team was worse, but I get your point. Need a striker, wingers, CB, Keeper. It’s a total gut job.

    • Tell that to Onyx… he kept saying Bodgers bought a good team, and increased their values. Deluded fool that one.

        • Mate, the problem is… he was the one who kept replying to my comments, and kept insisting about Bodgers’ outstanding contribution to building the team. Otherwise I would not even read his comments.

          • The thing is, he usually gets away insulting people whereas anyone who criticize Onyx, Spuddy, WDF etc. gets comments deleted by moderators or even banned. Strange? I think there is a small handful of people commenting in here who are actually paid to promote Bodgers’ interests. Same group who are posting on other forums.

  14. If they’re willing to shell out £32m for Benteke then they can afford to shell out for a good keeper. Spurs, United, Arsenal, City etc all have quality keepers and it’s no wonder they are ahead of us in the league

  15. Mignolet should do the honorable thing and step down.
    Moreno/Ibe/Can are just too far below the standard LFC need. Every freagin game, time and time again, we watch how Can overruns the ball, takes 10 touches to many,blind to the simple & OBVIOUS pass. I can’t handle the lack of quality any more. Never EVER, EVER any end product. EVER. I hate watching them play.

  16. Time for Liverpool to see your nasty eh Migs?
    Well we’re seeing how nasty you are sonofab^itch!

    I said one month ago, Simon Mignolet is DEAD TO ME. He is.

    Wish the rest of you switched off now right?
    Goodnight again.

    • Adam L is the most frustrating player to watch at times, and I cringe at those twirls. But his work rate today and creativity was there. Combined well with Firmino today. Think they’re the only two to come out with some credit today from our attackers

    • Funnily enough those 3 (Can, Moreno and Sakho) tend to combine on the left. We’re clearly stronger on the right hand side.

  17. If Sunderland had attacked from the start they would have won . We are now playing worse than when Rodgers was in charge . Klopp must share the blame we are terrible . we did not deserve to be 2-0 up .

    • Yes we did, they didn’t get a kick for 82 minutes then two massive defensive blunders blue it for us.

      • They did not try to get a kick , Sams sole intention was not to lose . It was only when they went behind they said we may as well go for it , then Mingo gifted them their first goal . What I am saying is whoever we play whether it is Exeter or City we look vulnerable . I am absolutely dumbfounded Klopp has given Mingo a new contract . Until we get a keeper that really bosses his area we will continue to struggle .

  18. If it weren’t for that mug Mignolet we would have stood a fighting chance for top 4 now. How many points has he cost us this season? Without a fit striker we are still managing . It’s a pedastrian team this. At least after the hodgson era we managed to sign Suarez. We need another Suarez now to lift this team up I am afraid . Worst thing is you knew this.WOULD happen when the first goal went in

    • I’ve tried to back him, but that was taking the P today. Time to start signing Ward’s name from the stands, maybe.

  19. These players are not fit to wear the shirt they are an absolute disgrace.

    if anyone is stilll under the delusion that we have a good team…. please find yourself a Doctor asap you need help.

  20. I think there is a stiff competition for today’s man of the match between sakho and mignolet….
    I think its sakho ….
    what’s your opinion guys??

  21. It’s official…we’re trash. Mignolet and Sakho – unacceptable. Rest of the team bar Bobby Firmino not much better. Can’t wait until some of you clear off!

  22. Enough is bloody enough. I am sick and tired of seeing underperforming players getting a free ride into the first team after playing poorly again and again. I though you had to earn a a chance to play for the shirt. Well, not anymore. Mignolet can make error after error because it wont matter. Ward will never get a chance. Same with the defence. Why was Caulker not in the matchday squad? I am honestly worn out by all of this. I dont know if its a board problem but I thought Klopp coming in would see the players play on merit. Sadly that does not look to be the case.

  23. Liverpool are operating on d same frequency as Sunderland at this moment so draw is good enough bcos this bunch of players are mediocres in highest order.

  24. Best team with the injuries:

    Ward
    Clyne Toure Caulker Smith
    Lucas
    Brannagan Milner
    texeira
    Firminho Sturridge

  25. Maybe I don’t know enough about this game.

    Can someone who sees the merit in Mignolet please convince me as to why we should keep him? I’d love to know the reasons at the very least for extending his contract. Surely he can’t be considered as first choice keeper after this?

  26. What amazes me is we have changed the defenders week in, week out. But we only gave another keeper 2 matches to make a difference. Mig’s lack of confidence seems through our entire team, let alone the defence!

  27. Shocking!

    Apart from horrible mistakes from Mignolet, Moreno, Sakho, Can and Toure – why on earth are we introducing Lucas to ride home a 2-1 lead against a relegation team we have completely dominated for 80+ minutes? Why?

    Just feel bad for Firmino, with that performance and not winning it.

    • What allegiance does Firmino have to LFC so far? If I was him, I would threaten to leave the club end of the season if 80% of our starting 11 isn’t sold. At Hamburg he was a God. I think his future is literally at stake here.

      • I suppose everyone’s future is at stake.
        Also, don’t think yet another major upheaval is gonna do it. There’s going to be a lot of outgoings in the summer, but not too many from yesterday’s starting XI I expect.
        Firmino will stay, but me thinks he will be mighty sought after a year from now. We better be in shape then, and I believe we will.

  28. Sam Allardyce:”We are only 2 goals down… at Anfield…”

    Stabbed in the back by a fat pig. Hope they get relegated.

    • That smirk on his face after the second goal. . . I wanted to reach through the tele and punch him right there.

  29. What can you say? The problem is we’ve got mainstays in the team that have never been good enough. Talking about deadwood and clear outs is fine every so often but every season?

  30. New 5 year contract for mignolet (the android) if this is what we have to lok forward to next season gold help Liverpool.f.c. (And its fans)

    • Don’t think even one fan rates him….its incredible he was given such a big contract and is never dropped.

  31. Sakho is a brilliant high line defender, Skrtel can only do the basics and thrive in a back 3, Sakho is imperious in every way and if you think otherwise you just aren’t watching properly. He only LOOKS clumsy hohofeckingho

  32. I am waiting for the player ratings. If sakho gets anything above a 3 then TIA needs to write an article as to JUST WHY they rate that idiot . Worst defender in the team and we have a few bad ones

  33. And furthermore, if you think Sakho was the worst for that second goal, have a look at Toures work when the assist is done. Sakho was not good, but Toure was even worse today, I’m sorry to say.

      • Yes. Saying ‘Sakho was not good’ is obviously ‘justifying’ by the bigots, of course.

        Anyone saying Toure was better than him needs to see the game again. Neither were good, but in this particular game it’s not even a contest who was the lesser of the pair. And that in a game they pretty much had nothing much to worry about.

        Fair argument if you expect a lot more from a CB supposed to be first choice as supposed to a backup, but objectively it’s not.

  34. Missed a lot of chances, very poor Mignolet on the free kick, but why in the world was that free kick given in the first place? And with a yellow card? That clearly changed the whole game, one poor, horrible, amateur decision by the ref cost us a point. When will refs be judged and suspended for those AMATEUR mistakes that cost the outcome of a game?

    We weren’t bad. Created a lot chances, scored 2 goals. Really need to improve defending

    • Like ur patient but I can just be patient no more I am frustrated totally bcos this is a game I expect us to score more goal and without conceding any goals bcos Sunderland is d weakest team in epl at d moment.

      • And what game were you watching? Utter domination, numerous chance to none, 2 goals. Yes, a lot of missed opportunities, but the game was all but wrapped up with 10 minutes to go prior to that free kick. Yes, it should have been saved, but it also should have never been called. We all blame Mignolet now, why does the ref get away with his mistake?

        And what is your criteria of a good performance? Yes, after we conceded nerves crept in, I will give you that. That does not take away the 80 minutes prior to that free kick

  35. If Klopp keep playing most of these mediocre players week in week out seriously I will start questioning his ability to take us to great height. Dis m0r0n migs should be thrown out of d first team

  36. Btw the second goal…I wouldn’t fully put the blame on Sakho…don’t know if you guys noticed, but after the first goal was conceded in comical fashion, we let them have the ball on the right side of the pitch…no defending whatsoever. I could just feel we were going to go a goal down. It was almost inevitable.

    You can blame Sakho saying he should kept up with Defoe but why did we let it get to that point?

  37. Why was Lucas introduced in the game? That was the changing point of the game, it game Sunderland one less attacking player to worry about, you either play Ben, or Sturridge, That was one the worst change I ever seen, we should be looking to put at least 4 far past this team.

    • Because we we’re one goal up and Ben or Studg wouldnt’ve do anything to save it, it was a good decision on paper sadly it didn’t happened

      • You haven’t been watching Liverpool much do you? 2-1 up what a laugh, you made it sounds as if we knows how to defense.

        • And you are supposed to be a coach or something? Who in his sane mind puts a striker when in the 77 minute the team is just 1 goal up ansd knowing Liverpool Defence everybody can make 2 goals in 2 minutes

          • Because the logics are that we of to out score our opponents to win a game, and at 2 -1 was never going to be safe, as it proved, so with a Sturridge, in stead of Lucas would improved chancehance of that, not only would it, but he would have attracted at least 2 players to him, that would have reduced the amount of players Sunderland would have going forward.

  38. What’s most frustrating of all is that before conceding the first goal it was a decent performance today and the crowd and atmosphere were great, every time we start overplaying on the edge of our own area there’s a sense of inevitability that we’ll either concede a free kick or a goal, we’ve been doing it for the last four years, sometimes you just have to clear the ball, don’t get me started on Mignolet…

    • Big Sam doesn’t know what that word means. I’m sure he’ll enjoy a pork pie and a handy from his no doubt pugly wife tonight

  39. What was I talking about Sakho after Man Utd game??? That he should be sold, but some people ridiculed me. He is CRAP and should be sold.

    • There is a reason why PSG sold him though he captained them at the age of 18….
      He can be our mascot….
      And some are telling it was not his fault… then u have nothing to debate…
      2 usual suspects did their job well

  40. Today my team I love along with the great supporters showed themselves to be a disgrace. Fancy walking out changing the atmosphere the team losing two goals and ruining it for people across the world that pay a lot of money to watch on TV. We don’t all live near Anfield! Selfish supporters. There are other ways to protest! Sorry but the organisers who did that are sad! Thinking only of themselves and not of Liverpool supporters worldwide. Again I say a disgrace! The owners had better get it right as well! I am well pi**ed off!

    • Supporters did the right thing. Players didn’t, their job is to be professional no matter what and they are the sh********st bunch Liverpool players I’ve seen since my mother gave birth to me.

      • Well you never walked out did you? I remember a couple of seasons ago Liverpool almost won the league? I always got the impression you are three!

      • I have had more than enough of your lame comments as well! You never have anything decent or original to say and never try to find the happy medium. You are a negative pub waiter!

    • Umm do seriously accept the higher prices to watch games like that? I’m sorry the supporters had every right to walk away. If we were playing football like Leicester I wouldn’t mind shelling a few more quid.

      • I don’t know buy I live abroad and pay for TV subscription and they put up the price as it includes the English Premier League games. They have to pay for the rights! There is not a lot I can do if I want to watch the games. Hardly going to benefit me or Liverpool FC if me and a few hundred odd thousand or more decided not to renew our subscriptions… Yes thousand where else does TV get the money they give to the clubs? I would guess that there is far more than the selfish ones who walked out today degrading the atmosphere and showing themselves up across the globe as a bit daft having paid for a ticket and did not watch and support their team to the end. Who really is calling the shots there? Was it decided over a beer in the local and everyone held hands together? They did have every right to walk out but it was a bit pathetic .

  41. at least the supporters who walked out missed the shambolic last 13 minutes glad to say i missed them to because i turned the t.v off in support

          • no we get both a punch in the face (Lovren) and punch in the balls (Sahko)

          • When you could’ve had a kiss (by buying better players), any punch hurts. Think that’s the idea.

        • Lovren is doing OK. Given what Vardy and Co did to City I think his performance was pretty good then and in the previous games since his comeback. He has a future. Sakho, I’m really not sure.

    • leave it out, skrtel is injured so long you are forgetting what he is really like. he has lots of blunders as well. there is no centre back in liverpool that is a solution to the problem.

  42. “Did the walk-out affect the players?” – I must say it would have affected me, was I on the pitch… Is it REALLY the best way? They could hold a demo any day…

    • The only way you can blame the walk out is if the players let the game deliberately slide after that point. Trouble is, they got too complaisant and went back to faffing around the box and not killing the game off properly. The Firm > Lallana goal is prime example of how to put it to bed. Run ball into box, cause problems, get goals.

      • Fair enough. Definitely missed Klopp on the touchline. Would have made sense to give 10 minutes to Sturridge. All mixed feelings and frustration here.

        • I think would’ve made sense to bring him on before walkout too. He’s getting stick and giving it back this week, so, to come on and maybe get a goal would’ve been a perfect scenario that keeps everyone quiet until next injury and gives us a bit more hope up front. Even with that said, the job should’ve been done without him.

  43. Klopp is playing Mignolet so he can be sold for top dollar next season. That means he has given up on this LFC squad. Is that the mentality we want at Liverpool?

  44. My resolve to go to anfield this year is being tested. It’s all my money..and that’s quite a bit.. I can’t bear to see us lose to Watford again :(

    • My plan was also this year. I’m holding off. The Rand is really weak against the pound and to watch that drivel?? It would be the most depressing trip ever. Think Klopps side in 2 years would be ideal.

      • With the new ticketing structure I won’t be able to afford it :( only if I’m lucky enough to get one of the cheaper tickets. And that is next to impossible from what I’ve been told.

        • Did you see the article on here with the graph of ALL the ticket prices? I saw some in the Kop for only 47 pounds or something. It’s still really expensive but doable. Just to find out how bookings for those tickets work. No way can I afford 50 plus pounds

          • The Kop is gone and not even up for sale for us. I’m an official member and everything. My best shot is through my local supporter’s wing and I got no element of choice there. You take what you get.

          • Wow. I find it shocking we can’t sit in the Kop. So it’s only for locals? Oh well, yeah we have a wing here too. But I liked the idea of a free roam trip up there. Way too costly.

          • I don’t think it’s exclusively for locals but I think majority of the season tickets are allotted there or something? And you might get the odd seat here and there but its all luck based. You’d have to be very very lucky. Not to mention plan it like 2-3 yrs in advance.

    • Think they have a better chance of going from doubters to Beliebers at this rate. But then even Justin Bieber probably has more backbone than some of this lot.

  45. This team is garbage, how can you lost at home to Sunderland, that was 3 points dropped, in stead of 1 gained.

  46. He is without a doubt the worst goalkeeper in the league sakho should go as well it is unbelievable that we still have migs in goal.Why was moreno in the side today he is another liability. What has happened to Brad Smith and Flanno 2 full backs who are much better than that Spanish t***er. What do they have to do to get a run of games. One win in six is relegation form folks that is where we stand at the moment.

  47. Mignolet, Sakho and Moreno out.
    Ward, Caulker and Flanno in.

    Two positives for today. Firmino is becoming our star player and with better additions around him he will truly flourish.
    Secondly, the performance of Ibe. Ibe adds urgency to and otherwise lethargic midfield. Most of our players play at one speed. Ibe takes the game to the opposition and never hides.

    • The pessimist in me thought we would lose couts this summer. But with his injury and inconsistent form I thought we’re safe for another year. Now I think..what if they come in for firmino?

    • Mate Ibe added nothing to the game, sure he has good dribbling skills but his decision-making, crossing and shooting are horrible. Furthermore he was in fault for the second goal.

      • Added nothing to the game? I disagree hugely. The pace of the game suddenly went up a notch when he entered the game. His decision making in the final third needs developing, but he is still a youngster and deserves time.
        He took the game to Sunderland and his sheer tenacity and pace creates space for others.

    • Agreed – maybe Smith instead of Flanno. We should use the rest of the league games as an extended audition/pre-season – see who has a future. I think Lallana, Firmino and Coutinho give middle of the front line creativity but we need intelligence and skill on the flanks and a lift back who defends first and attacks more efficiently. Sakho has not come back well from injury – maybe came back too soon. Milner and Lucas should definitely be moved on.

  48. They need to go for the throat or shut things off completely, that free kick came out of being in two ideas. Moreno and Ibe are sloppy in defense, but Mignolet once again gets beaten near post. Basics. Sunderland were garbage. Shocked.

  49. Talk about Jeckal and Hide! I saw Liverpool today CRUMBLE.
    With no doubt in my mind we cannot keep calm after a lead. Moreno lashes out time after time giving free kicks away, that is a poor mentality, like a panic if you will.
    Goal is conceded, I wonder why. Then no fight for second balls because we felt nervous, why?? It’s like Liverpool need to feel like this, so weird.
    We are miles off from composure and brains.

    • It’s a car crash, Moreno, Can and Sakho on the left with Mignolet in goal. I have hope for Moreno and Can, as they’re young, but the others?

      • Your right Jason. Before Sunderland scored their first goal, Sako let the ball run far too much before he made the decision to pass to Moreno ( panic no 1 ) .
        Then Moreno lost the ball and swung out ( panic no 2 )’. In the resulting free kick Migs was badly positioned. My point is the noticeable anxiety that crept in after fans left.
        Second goal, no fight for second ball in midfield, result , goal.
        Simple. We again saw players adopting negative feelings after going in front.
        This has been happening for decades. I was dead against the walk out , for the record.

  50. No two ways about it. We have a top class manager with a mid table squad. I’ve never been a pessimist but two lose a two goal lead is one thing. To lose a two goal lead AT ANFIELD is a worse thing. But to lose a two goal lead at anfield against a struggling SUNDERLAND, pathetic.

    No spine in this team. Credit to Firmino and Adam L for their work rate and creativity. But our problem is not the tactics, the manager or bad luck. It is we have a team of small minded players with a weak mentality. Heavily depressing. Mignolet. No words. His footwork is some of the worst I’ve ever seen. Sigh. Oh well.
    Where’s that beer now. . . :-(

    • Well said, Grujic got both goals today for his team today . We are desperate for new talent like that ..and Mignolet has got to go.

      • Sooner the better. That 5 year contract bewilders me. Probably going to make it a lot harder to sell him now.

        • that must be it ~ he likes living here and wants to stay and is playing like an utter p rick deliberately to be certain no one will come and buy him.

      • That Grujic might end up being a good bit of business then. Trust Klopp and his team to sift out these talents. Hope he hits the ground running. I have no words for Mignolet other than Atrocious.

  51. I am Brazilian and I would love to see Lucas Moura in Liverpool. Lucas had an extraordinary moment in Brazil, is a very fast player and dribbler.

  52. I’ve been supporting LFC for 28 years.this is the worst squad I’ve seen, the impact the walkout had was immense. Time will tell if it worked. What may happen is very poisoned terraces, klopp f**cks off to a harmonious club where he has everyone on side. In 2009 + 2014 no one was protesting about the owners. I not been to anfield regularly over the past 28 years my 1st was Arsenal league cup tie 1994 2-0 fowler goal my last was the West Ham defeat earlier in the season. In that time I’ve been to many games the atmosphere now relies on us being in front we don’t carry the team like we used to. 2013-14 was a special season where we really got behind the team, now all we’re doing is splitting our opinions.f*****g tragic!!

  53. For the good of the team and the end of the season : And id love to see Liverpool in all competitions…but i hope we should take our younger team, give Ward a chance against West ham (if we lose…) Focus on training for the Capital Final, and maybe do a decent job at Euro League. Perhaps next year we can add some Changes, release as many as we can those useless players, and keep faith for the future! I feel so frustrated sighh…

  54. cant defend a lead at home to one of the bottom teams of the league. You can colour it anyway you like but, that’s completely unacceptable. Another overhaul in the summer I feel. we are miles away

  55. that Southampton’s goalkeeper on their last game is an example of how Mignolet as a keeper should perform!!!! To be honest, i wasn’t even angry when they equalised, more numb really. I Accept this season as the one gone by with nothing again, i’ve lost hope on the Cup final as well..

  56. I feel like I am watching the same match on repeat for 18 months.

    This team has absolutely nothing going for it. I have accepted that for this season but where do start come the summer? We need a complete overhaul starting first and foremost with a keeper. Get any sort of shot on target and you are likely to score.

    Ridiculous that we persist with the same team hGame after game and expect a different result. It’s disappointing to think that benteke has been discarded without getting a proper lookin. Watching Sakho play these days is like watching a beefed up traore. There is potential in him but he looks like costing us every time he touches the ball at present.

  57. Now, I don’t even feel anything after we concede. No happiness no sadness. I just watch it to see it get end.

    • I had that “smile” after the Sunderland’s 2nd goal, and i thought, oh my! maybe a 3rd? Yeah watching this team is a joke!

  58. 2 shots in the whole game all migs had to do was SAVE 2 SHOTS, that is all nothing else in the entire game. But no he can’t do that! Don’t worry no doubt he will retweet a stat saying he has the most clean sheets! An absolute dreadful keeper and what makes it criminal is that Liverpool are the one traditional top 6 team without a decent back up. Or for that matter the only (traditional) top 6 team without a top 10 keeper in world football. Migs isn’t even in the top 25!

      • Scottish football is not comparable to the premier league. Only one good team in Celtic. Strikers brought in from the SPL have not done too great in the prem as they don’t have the quality. I think he should be given a chance just because he can’t be much worse then migs can he

          • I forgot we are in the 1970/80’s…. The Scottish league at THIS time and for the last 10 years has been about the same quality as championship/league 1 standard with a FEW exceptions. Danny ward has not been facing a young kenny dalglish week in week out has he. Try and keep up!

          • A shot is a shot is a shot (except where mignolet is concerned then it’s a goal). A save is a save is a save (again see mignolet). Have I caught up yet!

          • No you have not, quality stickers (such as kenny) can place the ball in one side while positioning his body to make it look like he is going the other side. In terms of keepers they must be able to know where and when to position themselves depending where the play is, they must be able to communicate with the defenders (all of which are different nationalities) to give clear instructions. If the quality of the striker is poor such as the SPL then the striker won’t be quite as accurate with the finish, by only a couple of cm, meaning the keeper can have a slightly worse position and still make the save. By your analysis Brad Jones is the same quality as neuer

          • You have a valid point, but it’s very sad to see that both Scottish managers and players( who have played a huge part in the history of our club) no longer seem to be anywhere near the same level of excellence, and football IMO is certainly the worse for that.

          • I don’t really care too much about Scottish players and theit development at Liverpool at this moment, that is something you concentrate on when your team is playing well and are successful, only then can we concentrate on that.
            I care about the lack of quality with keepers at Liverpool. If you look at our main rivals all have world class keepers (and decent PROVEN backups), unfortunately we can’t have a top 10 keeper at the moment because 5 of the 10 belong to our rivals and the other 5 to the biggest clubs. But top 15 or 20 is what we can get and unfortunately we are going to suffer with poor GK until the summer (hopefully not any longer than that)

    • Klopp is to blame here, I don’t blame Migs, he brought Ward in and not giving him a go. So why brought him back, when he was developing very nicely in scotland, not even in cup games he is getting a game.

      • Ward has been in training and has obviously not impressed, and is he as good as begovic, vorm, Romero, caballero or szczesny (I know he is on loan) the answer is a resounding no. Can’t blame klopp for such a poor squad, maybe he could have bought a keeper in Jan, however the cost would have been too high. I agree ward should get a chance. Not because I think he will be good just he can’t be as bad as the other 2!

        • I am not blaming Klopp for the squad, is for handing a big contract to Migs, and not at least giving Ward a go, who cannot be worst than Migs.

          • Yea hopefully we can see if he can perform. Honestly don’t know why they gave him a new contract I HOPE it is so he has some value… The reality is more likely that migs is staying despite how awful he is

  59. 2-0 up and blew it. Any talk of the fans having anything to do with that is disingenuous at best or scapegoating at worst. Simply put, there is no excuse for such a capitulation. Utter disgrace at the back. We are ranked #16 defensively in the Prem. I’m seriously worried, 40 points is the target now and send Migs in holiday to the international space station.

  60. If I hear anyone of those players talking sh;t in the press this week instead of training I am doing a Michael Douglas in Falling Down. destination Mellwood.

  61. More chances created at home than any other team in the league (175 before today) home goals scored 11 (eleven!) Sunderland two attempts on target today, 2 goals scored, we have a big problem at both ends of the pitch and nothing to get excited about in between, throw in the routine individual errors and results like this shouldn’t (and won’t) surprise anyone..

  62. If you look at shots on target by the opposition to goals conceded in the last month or so its scary….we might as well just stick a mannequin between the sticks.

    Management and coaches need to be looked at too…same old team sent out in the league every week….they don’t perform…..next week its the same lineup, same formation…we are so predictable and slow all over the pitch…..players taking too long to make the wrong decision on the pitch, whether its moving into the right areas or passing the ball.

    After watching Leicester players earlier, it just shows how limited our players are at the moment…no energy, desire or leadership. Ranieri is getting 110% out of his players, Klopp doesn’t appear to able to do that with these players, worrying

    • He said after 1 month or so, that this season, he would work with what he has. He doesn’t wanna harm the youngsters development by introducing them to this horror show.
      So just chill out & wait for the summer cull.

  63. I’ve always been pretty critical of Balo’s performances last seasons thinking no matter how poor/mid-table we’ve been that’s simply not good enough for LFC standard.

    Well, I have to be consistent with what I’ve said, and Migs has to fall into that category as well…the sheer number of chances we’ve given him uptil now is shocking in itself.

    • It’s almost the entire team’s mentality bru. We literally just crumbled like fodder. Mignolet has the worst feet for a goalkeeper I’ve ever seen. The fact that it is nigh impossible to sell him now with a five year contract attached, that all we can do is just hope Klopp realises his error and signs someone new.

        • I think he’s a great talent ~ you have to admit no one else has the ability to consistently find opposition players in our half like he does, that must count for something . . . . . . . .

  64. There’s no shortage of problems in evidence… but this game wasn’t revelatory about the team in that sense. The single biggest factor from my perspective was the “supporters” abandonment of the team at the 77 minute mark. I’m not commenting on the ticket policy (although I’d guess solvency of the enterprise ought be a consideration), but rather the pouty response to it. Stage a protest external to the game if you want… but to walk out on the team? Shameful in my eyes..

      • I don’t think the walk out was the reason, it’s too easy to blame that, I don’t do ‘hate mail’ by the way…

          • Followed by a defence ranked #16 in the Prem. Causality right there. Stats don’t lie

        • Steve, you made some brilliant points regarding the whole ticket fiasco. Loved reading your take on it. But I do agree it’s sad the fans weren’t there when the team needed them the most. Seeing liverpool slump to the finish line in an almost empty stadium did a number on me.

          • I share your sadness, it was something I never ever expected to see at our club, it was gut wrenching to witness it, it was a bad day for everyone…

          • I’d rather be a member of a club where the fans have passion than the collective you prescribe to of sheeple given to blind obedience.

          • You shouldn’t assume which ‘collective’ I prescribe to and and ‘given to blind obedience’ definitely isn’t one of my traits, for those of us that supported the walkout and everyone that didn’t it was a sad day for all of us and one that could and should have been avoided. Passion is one of our finest qualities and neither what happened today or the events that led to it should distract from our common love of the club…

    • It is only shameful because they went, the protest should be a boycott of the game period not walkout, that makes no sense, if you are not a ticket holder, why went to the match, you gave the people your money and then you comlained.

      • Complained about what? The quality of football? Most poster have claimed the result is all that matters, we were 2-0 up and a complaint was raised about the price of seats no-one sits in yet.
        The only complaint realistically coming from this is that seats should be for locals at knockdown prices while being subsidised by TV money.
        Those that are complaining now will also complain if they cant renew their season ticket whilst staging a sit in regarding the price of pies knowing full well that anyone who wants to go and support the team cant get a look in because they have a monopoly on the season tickets.
        Fairer for everyone is exactly that, not a closed shop.

        • I wasn’t talking about the football mate, the the ticket price I am talking about in terms of complaint.

        • I see it’s not just me you like to talk sh1te to.
          Some people have had their season tickets 40 years of more, others have waited 15to20 years to get them, buying individual tickets fir years until they moved up the list. It’s not s closed shop. They’ve shown support snd loyalty to the club, when ticket money really was important to building the club. What did you do to support the club all those years? What do you do now?

          • I struggle to afford tickets thanks, when I can afford to go I do, mainly at away grounds because a season ticket is out of my price range considering the time and cost for me to get to Anfield and the minimal availability.

  65. some of us said it 2 years ago only when rodger leave then we will realised the full horror of the team he will left behind. Now is the time, its just like spring 1994 all over again. for blackburn read Leicester.

  66. it was a close call imho. just think of what the result might have been had they scored first… scary innit?

  67. Couldnt watch the match as at work but from what i e read and heard we were laughable. No surprise there then.
    AND THE PRESS ARE SAYING IT WAS BECAUSE THE FANS WALKED OUT. WHAT A LOAD OF SH***. Get real with your blame culture journalism and blame the people who step on that pitch every week and you try to justify why we lost by saying it was anyone but them. They cannot keep losing without accepting responsibilty and until they realise its them to blame then they wont be able to move forward as a team. We as fans should do more than a walk out if they try and put this one on us. UTTER DISGRACE.

      • Thats just it dok. We usually have a greater percentage of games but fail to capitalise. Shameful really but we have come to expect that from this lot. I want to throw my season ticket back at them with one hand and keep it forever with the other. Im at a a loss with this team and there seems to be no end of misery in sight. I know klopp will have a large dustbin to fill come summer and i hope he is merciless with who he chooses to fill it with. So sad right now

  68. Klopp’s first year at BvB there were 17 outgoing players and 14 incoming.

    Prepare yourself for summer. It’s going to be a blood bath.

  69. Composure is a massive thing in football, it was a game that we absolutely should have taken 3 points out of, but imagine how disheartening it would be to watch all of your supporters walking out like that. It seems like that was the turning point. Can’t really blame the fans at all (£77 is ridiculous), and not defending the poor defense, just trying to add some perspective.

    • what ? This is serious? There are people willing to blame the fans who left the stadium?
      And forgive Mignolet, Sakho, Ibe, Lallana, Can?

    • Fans don’t control players’ minds, fans don’t make players crumble. If that were the case, it would only reflect badly on a player’s ability to concentrate and be professional. I suspect the walkout probably did have an effect on the players, because our players *can’t concentrate on the task at hand* for which they are paid millions upon millions.

    • Can’t honestly see us beating West Ham and even Villa not confident. Some very good teams in the Europa so forget that. Its looking like a possible league cup win (if we are very lucky) and a mid table finish.

  70. Possession football is clearly not working for us.
    Sorry but Simon you are, at best, a reserve keeper. You have cost us many many points.

  71. The fans are imploding and the team bar a few are a shambles. Hopefully we can grab a cup but apart from that this season can’t end down enough

    • well technically we did do that but that was largely in spite of him rather than because of him.

  72. The problem is not only Mignolet. The most players lack the finesse, the quality but football intelligence too. They don’t see the easy pass next to them… They concentrate long on controlling the ball and that takes too much time… There is no quick transition in our games. No fantasy. No surprise. Everything is slow and predictable. Midfield is less than mediocre. There must be a lot of goodbyes this summer…

    • Klopp and his assistant Rock’n’Roller should talk with Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester to understand how a cheap team and with only two good midfielders is a leader. Sometimes you have to be humble.

    • Yes but he had plenty of help and most of those “helpers” appear to still be at the club.

      Zorc in!

  73. I found it so disturbing today, just how average we are. Milner, Lallana, allen, Can are all bang average, on the face of the game today, what do they provide going forward, or in defence? They are just shuttles that pass the ball around. Defence is atrocious, the worst I have probably ever seen at liverpool. Coutinho, and Firmino are the only bright sparks we have, and sturridge in his rare cameos. We need a GERMAN REVOLUTION in the summer. A world-class striker, defensive midfielder, defender, and attacking mid. To many squad players and no first team starters.

        • I did not say this. He can stay 20 years or two minutes, but in both cases NOT BEING A YES MAN FOR A SECOND. Sadly the signs are there.

          • When Klpp says ( and not just says, but look….Mignolet 5 years contract ) that he is happy with his players. Is he? Or just because the owners want this?

          • He said this because he doesnt like to criticise his players. What good would it do to say you are not happy with your players, with half a season remaining? I am convinced the Mignolet deal is to add some resale value. You will see in the summer how Klopp rates our players. Klopp is not a yes man, IMO your post is complete tosh.

          • I do not want an other yes man, this is all what i said. I prefer 2nd division instead, do you understand?

          • I give you an example. You could give me 100 Pounds to say something what i would not like to say. And i would not accept the 100 Pounds. I could spend the money to buy a ticket for one Liverpool game.

          • Are you saying Klopp accepts his salary with the the promise of not making a fuss, and managing the team on a shoestring?

    • What we need are intelligent calm heads, but they are all at the very top clubs I’m afraid.
      It’s very difficult to develop, today we shown we are still pants at keeping a lead.
      Players switch off and panic.

  74. For some of the comments here, I really don’t have any words to say to their writers, except to continue to be moaners… And I’m not talking about the ticket price and the protest or this game particularly… Or even the players, we all know their limits…

  75. Is there some master plan that we can’t see for Mignolet getting that 5 year contract? There’s no way Klopp could think he’s good enough, SURELY

  76. I hope that’s the last game we will ever see Mignoletsgoalsin again , I’ve never seen a GK transmit so much nervousness in all my time as a fan , the guy is an absolutely atrocious waste of a GK jersey. I can only assume that he faces no corners or set pieces in training as we have nobody capable of taking them in the first place, thus making him look a world beater. Even his best trait as a good shot-stopper is becoming a liability. I love Klopp and have utmost faith in him restoring pride and credibility in our team if given unhindered time, but his misguided faith in persevering with this sorry excuse of a GK needs to end right now. Maybe Danny Ward should be given a chance to show if he’s capable to step up to the plate and perform till the end of the season. He can’t be any worse than the 2 that have been tried this season. Mignoletsgoalsin performance today has wound me up so much that I had to post something on the matter
    P.s. Well done to the FANS who stood up for their principles today . They are the lifeblood of this fantastic club.

  77. Rodgers was änalytical too as a coach but he couldnt fix the team to save his life. Klopp is more of the same and worse in some respects because he is as stubborn as Rafa was and as blind as Rodgers. These players from front to back are substandard and you cannot improve them with coaching in the short term. He was naive to believe he could. He would need 3 or more seasons and by then they would all be too old to perform more than 2 seasons at the level! That is one of the reasons his Dortmund team imploded. At the end of the day by missing the January transfer window he has sewn the seeds of his demise…..LFC cannot afford to replace the 5 underperforming players that it needs to cut loose and they have no clue how to recruit better players PERIOD! So they will let him thrash about aimlessly while the fans pay 77 quid a head for a seat on this vomit comet. When the fans get restless again in a years time they will throw him under the bus. The mere fact that Jamie Carragher is resigned to the fact that LFC with never again be good enough to win a duel with Man Utd ánd Michael Owen speaks as if he was only ever a Man Utd player is a sign that the writing is on the wall and LFC is heading towards it in slow motion. We are no longer the LFC of Shankly, Paisley or Dalglish……we’re mere has-beens and nobody pays 77 quid a ticket or satellite television subscriptions for that!……reality BITES!

    • Absolute trite post, you must know why he didnt spend in Jan. There is an article on here about fickle fans, you fit the bill nicely. Open your eyes and see the long term plan. Judge Klopp at your peril.

    • Kop, what a ridiculous appraisal of LFC, take a look at Leicester City, this time last season they were in the bottom 3, bring in a good manager/ coach and see what happens. If you think Klopp is not aware of the situation at Anfield and is unable to remedy it then you really need to go and follow another team, I say follow because you certainly don’t appear to be a supporter.

      • Noted, I,ll save your email and remind you of your naivety come 2017/2018! This is Loserpool and Im sick of it, I’m hitting the eject button. I will watch the odd games for the first 5 minutes just to laugh. Your comment about Leicester is hilarious…..zero to champions in one season in the premier league and on a budget LFC have for their lunch buffets! Now contrast that with 26 years of continuous abject failure and billions of your money squandered. To FSG its the perfect casino, they are peddling hope plus you don’t even need a sea of security to watch over your money…LOL!

  78. Gutted to wake up to this score. Disgusted to find out how this score occurred. Migs is crap and there’s just too much mediocrity in the team.
    Well done those that walked out, and fair play to those that stayed. YNWA

        • I think Lucas reads the game extremely well and is an excellent squad player, he plays the game simply, never over elaborates and with his experience adds much to the team. Nobody can cover or allow for the two major defensive errors we suffered against Sunderland.
          Liverpool are desperate for an experienced goalkeeper who commands his area, allowing Reina to leave was one of Rodgers worst mistakes and he made many including trying to off load Lucas last summer.

          • Mignoletsgoalsin couldn’t command a team of toy soldiers let alone his 18 yard box , throughout history , the majority of succesful teams have a solid GK you can rely on. Between him and the woeful defence , it’s no suprise really that teams are rolling us over. For me , that’s where the strengthening needs to start. Also , it can’t be underestimated how essential it is to have a top class mobile DM in front of the defence giving as much protection as possible. A la Mascherano style.

  79. So many so called fans crucifying the players today saying we need a complete overhaul, kick everybody out and start again, perhaps we need to take a deep breath, we had 80% possession and were missing five or six players with injury, we conceded two awful goals due to individual defensive mistakes, of course we need to improve the squad, but just take a look at the most expensive team ever compiled in the history of English football, they lost at home 3-0 to Leicester City, food for thought?

    • Not really, overhaul needed, Citys occasaional off game is nothing compared to our season and a half of misery. The players are not capable of consistancy and it is proven now. I appreciate your alternate look on things and would like to ask you what you think we need in the summer.

      • John, I do agree that an overhaul is needed, Klopp stated that he is giving every player an opportunity to prove themselves and quite clearly major change is needed. Without doubt the first position to be improved is that of goalkeeper, followed by centre back, defensive midfield and wide attacking player. May be 4 players in all to come in. Markovich will be back which may be interesting, can’t see all of Henderson, Milner, Allen, Ibe, Lovren, Sakho, Toure, Benteke, Enrique, being retained, feel at least 4 of them will go, a lot depends on their attitude on the training ground and in the dressing room, we of course are not privy to that.

        • Agree with you. Last thing we need is another major shakeup to disturb things.
          I do expect a lot of outgoings though, mainly the 5 out of contracs, and fringe players. Most interestingly will be to see if any of Skrtel, Lucas, Benteke, Allen, Markovic and Balotelli stays on. I’d like to include Milner in that as I don’t see him dynamic enough, but I figure he stays for experience and consistency. I expect few but targeted additions. Grujic of course, probably a CB (Matip?) and likely at least one attacking player (depends a lot on Sturridge). I’d like to think there are discussions about goalkeeper too.

          People still believes we are utter crap, which is not true. Keeping a core group of players together now and through pre season is very important, and with everyone fit we do have a pretty good team. It’s the task of having most players available and having them know each other well on the field that’s really important now.

        • Cant really argue with that, you make asemsible point. 4 might be enough if we can keep the rest fit. On the Lucas issue we will agree to disagree.

  80. Spooky fact: The revenue riased from the £77 tickets exactly matches the cost of Mingolets new 5 year contract.

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