A fourth consecutive Premier League defeat and a first Anfield defeat to Everton since 1999 leaves Liverpool’s season in full-blown disaster territory.

Just when you thought Liverpool had already hit absolute rock bottom, they somehow find a way to plunge even further into the deepest, darkest depths of despair.
A fourth consecutive Premier League defeat and a first Anfield triumph (albeit in an empty stadium) for Everton since 1999 might just be the most excruciating kick in the guts thus far in a season which has hardly been short of gruesome, morale-crushing lows.
Conceding a corner within the opening 10 seconds was an omen of what was to come next. As soon as Richarlison ghosted in behind the flat-footed Ozan Kabak before slotting past Alisson at the Kop end with less than three minutes on the clock, there was a familiar sense of inevitability just as there was against Southampton, Burnley and Brighton that the game would ultimately peter out to a grim conclusion.
After a tepid first half in which they dominated the ball without posing any kind of genuine attacking threat, Liverpool were much improved after the break but yet again lacked the requisite cutting edge to actually convert sustained spells of pressure into an equaliser before having the final nail hammered into their coffin following an extraordinary penalty decision late on.
If Liverpools top four chances werent already in serious jeopardy, they most definitely are now. Here are some immediate post-match thoughts.
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Liverpool have shown a repeat tendency over the past couple of months to get themselves into excellent positions to create really high quality chances, only for attacking moves to continually disintegrate due to dismal decision-making and execution once they get in and around the opposition penalty area. On numerous occasions they were just one or two passes away from completely opening Everton up and having a clear shot on goal, but just didnt make it count. By consequence, Evertons confidence grew because they knew that even when Liverpool did have the ball in dangerous areas, there was a very high probability they wouldnt be punished.
Seriously, the injury situation is so far beyond farcical now its difficult to actually come up with the right language to describe just how ludicrous it is. Thats now Liverpools first, second and third choice senior centre-backs all ruled out for the season, as well as both makeshift midfield cover options in Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak became the 18th centre-back pairing Jürgen Klopp has been forced to field this season, and that figure will probably exceed 20 at some point in the coming weeks. Its impossible to build any kind of consistency with such a makeshift, constantly changing defensive core.
Liverpool have developed a really frustrating habit of giving away completely needless, cheap free-kicks deep in opposition territory which then destroys all of their attacking momentum and gives the opposition a chance to rest and reset. It can then take several minutes for them to build that momentum back up, so theyre unable to keep sides consistently under the cosh.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was Liverpools best hope of a recovery, and he never stopped driving forward and looking to create openings. He made several superb runs in the second half and while his delivery wasnt always on point, he could easily have come away with a couple of assists on another day. His low, drilled ball across the face of goal was arguably the best piece of quality any Liverpool player produced all game (with the possible exception of Hendersons first half volley), and it was begging for a red shirt to get on the end of it for a simple tap in.
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Speaking of Alexander-Arnold, the penalty decision was right up there with the most baffling Liverpool have been on the wrong end of this season and there have been plenty. Other than evaporate into thin air, what else is he supposed to do in that situation when sat on the floor and taking a knee to the back of the head? Despite being asked to watch it again on the monitor by the VAR, Chris Kavanagh barely even took a couple of seconds before turning round and sticking with his original decision, which hardly suggests he had his mind well and truly made up regardless. Liverpool were nowhere near good enough on the day and didnt deserve to take anything from the game, but instances such as that perfectly summarise this car crash of a campaign in which every conceivable thing has gone wrong.
Thats now nine points from the last 11 league games, which means Liverpool have been performing at relegation standard for almost half of the season so far. If they dont find a way to turn things around rapidly and string together a run of results, top four will very quickly fade away, just as the title did several weeks ago. The knock-on impacts of missing out on Champions League qualification will likely have a profound negative effect on next season, too. Time is running out to get back on track before its too late.
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