It was another hugely frustrating evening for Jurgen Klopp on Monday night, as he watched his Liverpool side labour to a 1-1 draw away to West Ham United at the London Stadium.
The result leaves Manchester City just three points behind the Reds at the top of the table and also the chance to move into first before the weekend, should they beat Everton at Goodison Park in midweek. Liverpool will still have a game in hand and the chance to get those three points back, but the psychological battle to get to the top will be fascinating.
Just like the Leicester game, Liverpool lacked their usual sharpness, moving the ball slowly through the thirds and weren’t decisive in any of their attack movements. It appeared as if they were often going through the motions, with some already questioning their decision to take a mid-season break to Dubai.
The benefits of that trip may not come to fruition until later on in the season, but it’s clear they haven’t had the desired effect in the first two Premier League matches back.
In another parallel to the Leicester game, the Reds took the lead through a smart finish from Sadio Mane, although the goal should have been ruled out for a blatant offside against James Milner in the build-up. The linesman, like many, was mesmerized by the footwork of Adam Lallana, which was the outstanding moment of the game for Liverpool.
And yet again, just like the 1-1 draw against the Foxes, Liverpool relinquished the lead handed to them by Mane by conceding a soft goal from a set-piece. It all started by Liverpool cheaply giving away possession in their own half once again, before Michail Antonio drifted past three Reds defenders to drill home an inventive, yet simple West Ham free-kick.