Nobody said it would be easy winning the Premier League title!
Not even when, at the festive time of the year, Liverpool looked set to romp away and win their first top-flight championship for 29-years.
Football has a nasty habit of surprising you when you least expect it, as we’ve found out in our last two fixtures, against Leicester City and West Ham United.
Instead of taking the maximum points available, Liverpool have managed to take just two.
As a result, they’re now in a position whereby, if Manchester City win at Goodison Park, on Wednesday evening, they’ll drop to second place in the on goal difference.
Of course, Jurgen Klopp’s men will have a game in hand but is the pressure, as the title race hots up, beginning to tell?
Last night, at the London Stadium, Liverpool gave themselves the perfect platform to go on and take the three points available when Mane gave them the lead in the 22nd minute, the fact that the goal should have been disallowed courtesy of offside is another matter.
But instead of making the game safe with a second goal, Liverpool succumbed to a brief spell of West Ham pressure and held the lead for only six minutes before Antonio equalised.
From that moment on, Liverpool lacked their usual fluency in attack whilst the defence struggled to track runners from free-kicks.
However, Liverpool had a golden chance, in stoppage time, to snatch the victory but Origi fluffed his lines.
Following the draw, Klopp speaking to the media and as reported by the BBC, revealed his pre-match plans had been hit before a ball had even been kicked, remarking:
“Last night we trained and after we had to change three positions.
“It’s just a fact, it’s not an excuse. The preparation for the game was far from being perfect and we still got a point.”
Only twice, in the last decade, has a team led the Premier League at Christmas and failed to go on to win it and on both occasions it was Liverpool, pray we don’t let it slip a third time, the consequences don’t bear thinking about.
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