The Merseysiders headed into their encounter with West Ham in fine form, taking seven points from a possible nine and boasting three clean sheets on the bounce.
However, an early goal from the Hammers allowed the visitors to remain compact and hit Liverpool on the counter, punishing them dearly as they went on to score another two goals.
The result was undoubtedly a big setback for Brendan Rodgers’ men, but speaking on Final Score, pundit Jason Roberts lamented the Reds’ lack of understanding and predicted struggles ahead.
“On the evidence of today, I think Liverpool are going to have a disappointing season. Benteke didn't get into the game at all, they need more work on the training ground,” he said.
Striking the right balance:
So far this season, the Anflied outfit have looked at their best when playing on the counter-attack, utilising the space for Christian Benteke, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to exploit.
However, when the onus is on them to break down their opposition at Anfield against the likes of Bournemouth and West Ham, they’ve so far struggled.
The first goal is always going to be important, but conceding so early on against the Hammers only caused problems for Liverpool as they began to chase the game, becoming erratic and disjointed.
Striking the right balance between the two will be Rodgers’ toughest task in the early months of the campaign, and a great deal of patience will be required.