Liverpool dropped further points with a home draw against West Ham as Loris Karius drew flak for yet another poor performance.
Karius was at the focal point of criticism, as Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw by struggling West Ham despite a dominant performance that saw the Reds register close to 20 shots on goal. In the end they needed a fortunate Divock Origi equalizer to level things up, after Dimitri Payet and Michail Antonio wiped out Adam Lallana’s 5th minute lead for Liverpool.
Sunday’s was far from the best performances Anfield has seen. That said, there was a lot of promise in the build-up play on many occasions, but a lack of creativity and conversion in the final third hurt the Reds as they failed to capitalize on the possession they had.
Roberto Firmino had a rare off-day for Liverpool. Aside from being a part of the build-up for the first goal, there was little tangible contribution from the Brazilian. Joel Matip’s lapse of concentration meant Antonio was sent through to slot in West Ham’s second goal. All-in-all it was an ordinary day at the office, as the Reds seemed to lack the edge in attack to punish the Hammers.
Karius took the bulk of the blame from the Twitterati for yet another poor showing on Sunday. Following last week’s shocker against Bournemouth, the German keeper came in for a lot of criticism from the likes of Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville. And with the latter’s comments sparking a war of words between the two parties, one would have expected the 23-year-old to come out and redeem himself, but Sunday’s events showed no such sign.
Being a Liverpool fan these last two weekends = pic.twitter.com/37d8jQ7Ggy
— Liverpool Gifs (@LiverpoolGifs) December 11, 2016
Karius may not care what @GNev2 thinks but making the odd save might strengthen his case.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 11, 2016
Carragher firing shots at Karius, no doubt they’ll go in the bottom corner.
— Dän (@FutboIDan) December 11, 2016
Karius thought Clattenburg was taking the free kick. pic.twitter.com/zKP6IYmNpX
— Georgino Wijnaldum (@WijnaldumLFC) December 11, 2016
Wish everyone would shut up about Karius. Not doing him any favours
— ㅤㅤ (@CoutinhoFlair) December 11, 2016
Going from watching De Gea & Lloris to Karius & Randolph is like going from Obama to Trump.
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) December 11, 2016
Carragher on Karius “SHUT UP and do your job!” https://t.co/jcFSaCITC3
— BeanymanSports (@BeanymanSports) December 11, 2016
Instead of proving Gary Neville wrong, Karius proves him right.
— . (@AnfieldRd96) December 11, 2016
Loris Karius blames himself for the Payet goal. I said “Well it was your fault Loris, you should have saved it.”
— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) December 11, 2016
3 – Loris Karius lost the Word document he had been typing up for 3 hours as he didn’t know how to save it. Typical.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) December 11, 2016
Loris Karius gets a hand to the free-kick, but his hands are made of holes so it goes in anyway.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 11, 2016
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 11, 2016
Liverpool had 59 touches in the West Ham box, West Ham had 5. Of course it’s the scoreline that counts, though.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) December 11, 2016
Best keepers in the league
1. De Gea
2. Anyone who is against Liverpool
— Dan (@Grujical) December 11, 2016