WATFORD 3-3 LIVERPOOL: MIGUEL BRITOS SEALS EQUALISER WITH INJURY-TIME GOAL AFTER MOHAMED SALEH LOOKE
With or without Coutinho Liverpool will not win anything this season unless they do something about their defence
The Reds conceded at the death at Vicarage Road in a showing that once again highlighted the need to iron out their defensive frailties
The opening fixture usually invites a flood of excitement over the players that make up a club’s first matchday of the season.
For Liverpool, it was the names not included in the squad and the ones they have failed to recruit that
stole the spotlight in a 3-3 draw at Watford, in which their old problems came back to hunt them to kick off the new campaign.
An exhilarating attack being undone by players who appeared to have temporary mental lapse at the back is a familiar theme for the Reds, who can inexplicably beat the opposition goalkeeper thrice and still not be guaranteed of maximum points, it is unbelievable.
Philippe Coutinho, asking for a move to Barcelona by submitting a transfer request and unavailable through a back injury on Saturday, was undoubtedly a massive miss at Vicarage Road. Liverpool were in desperate need of his creativity and incisiveness in midfield, especially with Adam Lallana also sidelined through a more serious thigh complaint.
The home fans taunted the counterparts with a chorus of ‘Where is Coutinho?’ as a reminder that they were not as threatening without him, and pointedly, that he feels he is too good to be playing for them.
In truth, though, with or without his stardust, the Merseysiders cannot consider themselves serious contenders if they do not sharpen up defensively. While Watford fans sang about the Brazilian, a large section of Liverpool’s tweeted about Virgil van Dijk.