Sadio Mané performance not enough to progress as Reds exited FA Cup

Another lacklustre performance from Liverpool saw them knocked out of the FA Cup after a 2-0 loss to Chelsea earlier this week — a second defeat just days after the shock 3-0 defeat to Watford in the Premier League.

Jürgen Klopp selected a stronger XI than we are used to seeing in the FA Cup this season, but ultimately mistakes would cost his side.

Fabinho’s loss of possession on the edge of his own box led to Willian firing a shot at Adrián, who spilled the ball into his own net. Ross Barkley was then allowed to run through the midfield unchallenged to make it 2-0 in the second half.

Choosing a Liverpool player from such an abject loss is a difficult task, but Sadio Mané was perhaps the Reds’ most dangerous player.

The Senegalese played 90 minutes and ended the game with 82% passing accuracy. He also won one tackle as well as nine duels throughout the game.

Attacking wise, he had more shots than any other Liverpool player with a total of four — all of them came from inside the box.

His two best chances out of his four shots came in the first half. His first big chance was when Liverpool forced Kepa Arrizabalaga into a triple save, Mané’s shot being the first of the three. Unfortunately, the No.10 had little space to make an angle to put the ball into the net and, instead, hit it straight at the Chelsea ‘keeper.

The second chance in the first half was when the former Southampton player dribble his way into the box between two Chelsea players. His shot in the end was straight at the ‘keeper, who parried it out to Neco Williams. Williams also tried his luck but his attempt would go off target.

Three losses in the last four games is not the form we have seen all season. It seems that Liverpool have lost their attacking prowess as well as the defensive resilience that has become expected of them this year.

Klopp will know his side must turn it around against Bournemouth on Saturday, to gain a much needed confidence boost ahead of the return leg of the Champions League against Atlético Madrid.

Scott Mason

Contributor. Irishman. Steve Finnan started my LFC love story.

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