Liverpool's season continues to come apart at the seams. Despite starting with their first-choice attack of Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Phillippe Coutinho, and Sadio Mané for the first time since November 6th, Liverpool were utterly toothless in a meek surrender at the KCOM Stadium.
Liverpool, in short, have been found out, and this game followed the script of previous games: Liverpool had loads of the ball, didn't look like scoring, while conceding goals through a goalkeeping howler (Simon Mignolet, this time), and a counter-attack goal from Everton flop Omar Naisse.
Jamie Carragher was on co-commentary duty for Sky Sports, and grew increasingly exasperated as the game wore on.
He pointed out the continuing absurdity of playing Simon Mignolet in goal, Lucas Leiva at centre-back, Emre Can in midfield and no recognised striker.
Carragher: "There's things in this Liverpool team that at times you kid yourself that it's ok. Lucas at centre back, Milner left back." #LFC
— OLSC Lebanon (@LFCLebanon) February 4, 2017
Jamie Carragher [5 minutes added time]: “It could be 55 and I still wouldn't expect Liverpool to score.” #LFC
— Diellza Mustafa (@diiellzamustafa) February 4, 2017
Carragher: "There's no doubt over the next few days Liverpool will be all over the back pages for the wrong reasons."
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) February 4, 2017
After the game, Carragher regained some composure, and was more measured in his analysis. Albeit no less critical.
He also found time to take a pop back at Gary Neville.
Thought you had your non league head on today, with that new glass bar in the tunnel that the locals objected to? https://t.co/Fr4Lrx9eHV
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 4, 2017
Liverpool will drop to fifth if Man City avoid defeat tomorrow.