Liverpool’s win over Manchester United now means little as Champions League dreams take massive hit
Liverpool’s away troubles continued at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth on Saturday as the Reds lost 1-0. After what was to be a life-changing 7-0 victory over Manchester United, the Reds struggled with a team from Bournemouth, which they defeated at the beginning of the season with a score of 9: 0. Phil Billing’s early goal was enough to take the Cherries out of the relegation zone as Liverpool had a great chance to equalize from a penalty kick, but Mohamed Salah converted his chance by completely missing the target.
A similar story has followed Liverpool away from home this season. With 13 games played at Anfield, the Reds are the third best team in the Premier League with 30 points in those matches. But when they leave their home supporters, Liverpool have only won three away matches, scoring 12 points from 13 matches. It has to do with the mentality as it was the same team that wiped the floor with Manchester United but they couldn’t get past Bournemouth.
The Cherries have been buoyed by the return of David Brooks to the bench following treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and there’s a special vibe at Vitality Stadium as fans look to push the team to stay in the Premier League. Stronger Liverpool teams were able to drown out the noise from elsewhere, but not in this edition.
First time in 525 days @DRBrooks15 got into the squad for the match ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ReJM34XrO2
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) March 11, 2023
This season, the highs were high and the lows were low. From two goals against Real Madrid to a 5-2 loss and then a 7-0 victory over Manchester United, this is a team where anything can happen, but they don’t have the luxury of being that way. unpredictable.
With a win, the Reds could have overtaken Tottenham for fourth place in the Premier League, and now they could drop to eighth depending on results elsewhere. In the tight race to the top of the Premier League, points will be valuable everywhere, but they also need all the momentum they can get ahead of the Champions League rematch with Real Madrid (which you can catch on Paramount+.).
Three goals behind and heading for the away game at the Santiago Bernabéu, it will be difficult for Liverpool to leave this match behind. Any hesitation will result in Real Madrid scoring more goals, and if things go their way and things go to a penalty shoot-out, Salah, who missed a penalty, could even enter the game. It is unlikely that Liverpool will overcome their deficit against Real Madrid, but it would be easier to do so with a win on Saturday to build on their current momentum.
With no play through, the rest of the season gets bleaker as the team enters a fight that will see them quickly taking on Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. There are plenty of matches that indicate that Liverpool should have taken points this season, but if they can’t fix it soon, Champions League football will remain a pipe dream.