I knew we would lose
Our first defeat in four PL games against Liverpool. The team has so many injuries that it has been amazing how well we have done recently. We had one of the first real chances of the game when Mee overlapped down the left and crossed into the box. The ball was originally missed by Yoane Wissa and then by Christian Nørgaard, before Ethan Pinnock’s half-volley went wide after Nathan Collins failed to divert it in. Then Mbeumo nicked the ball off Alexander-Arnold inside the area, and his first-time effort went over the bar. Liverpool then began to get a grip on the game, and they had the ball in the back of the net twice - only for the assistant referee to deny them on both occasions. Our best chance of the half came when Jensen played a typical pinpoint ball over the top into Mbeumo, who found himself one-on-one with Alisson, with Alexander-Arnold harrying him from behind after frantically chasing back. Mbeumo tried to delicately lift it over the keeper, but it was kept out and cleared by the recovering defender. Liverpool made it 1-0 soon after. A slick move by the Reds and Núñez laid on a lovely pass to Salah. The winger charged into the box and curled an effort beyond Flekken and into the bottom corner. Liverpool also had another two chances to double their lead in first-half stoppage-time.
Liverpool made it 2-0 just after the hour mark. Tsimikas crossed from the left and his delivery found Salah, who nodded in his second goal of the contest. But the Bees kept pushing and Nørgaard, Wissa and Mbeumo would have attempts inside the area, but were all either saved or defended by the Reds backline. Despite some good work by the Bees , it was 3-0 as the clocked ticked into the 74th minute. Diogo Jota, who already had a half-volley blocked, had another bite at the cherry when he won the ball back 35 yards from goal. He dribbled towards the edge of the area and sent a curling effort, similar to Salah’s opener, inside the right post. We had three chances, all from corners, as the game approached its conclusion.