A Liverpool display, almost totally devoid of guile, craft or pace, matched by that of a home side with zero confidence in attack, resulted in an inevitable stalemate. A game that threw up few chances, little real incident, and simply confirmed just how far Klopp’s men have fallen.
Gapko missed one of the few genuine chances that Liverpool created, when found by Salah in the final fifteen minutes. The Dutchman however fired wide. Just how he neither hit the target, nor won a penalty, rather exemplified a performance by him and his team mates that was nervy, lacked intensity, and never really looked likely to deliver three points. What’s more, three points would not have been deserved.
Showing several changes from the side humbled by Real Madrid, including the reintroduction of Keita, who was such a liability in the opening half, that he was replaced by Elliot at the beginning of the second period. Sadly, he gave the ball away as much as Keita, whilst Jota, another with a poor display, was later replaced by Firminho.
Not that Keita, Jota, or Elliot were alone in a game, in which no Liverpool player got anywhere near a respectable performance. Yes, Salah hit the bar, but there was very little else to entertain the travelling support, with a third consecutive league clean sheet, and a solitary point, being the only positive from yet another wretched showing.