Who was to blame for Liverpool’s collapse against Bournemouth?
Jurgen Klopp’s side were 3-1 up with just 15 minutes remaining but somewhere came away from the Vitality Stadium empty-handed.
While goalkeeper Loris Karius and defender Dejan Lovren were blamed for their performance, many Liverpool fans were blaming someone else.
That man was Gary Lineker.
The Match of the Day presenter posted several tweets during the match, which many believed tempted fate.
Now, you always hear commentators say that a 2-0 lead at half-time is a dangerous scoreline. But Lineker wanted to question that theory and, at half-time with Liverpool two goals to the good, tweeted: “When did 2-0 up become a dangerous score? Hear it so often now. Would like to know percentage of games lost from there? Suspect not high.”
However, when Callum Wilson scored a penalty 10 minutes into the second-half, Lineker took to Twitter to admit that 2-1 wasn’t such a comfortable scoreline.
When Opta replied to Lineker’s original request of a percentage of teams that have lost a 2-0 lead at half-time, the former striker was satisfied to learn that it was just 2.1% that had lost after being 2-0 up at the break.
And then, when Emre Can, put Liverpool 3-1 ahead - seemingly ensuring three points - Lineker sarcastically tweeted: “Oh no! Liverpool are 3-1 up with a great goal from Can. A truly terrifying scoreline.”
He was then made to look very silly as Bournemouth completed a miraculous comeback to win 4-3 in injury-time thanks to further goals from Ryan Fraser, Steve Cook and Nathan Ake.
Although Lineker simply can’t be held for Liverpool’s defeat, that didn’t stop plenty of Liverpool fans from blaming him for what they had just witnessed.
Take a look at some of the reaction below:
Maybe Liverpool fans should look a bit closer to home at the questionable goalkeeper from Karius and the numerous mistakes from their back-four.
The defeat leaves them four points behind Chelsea at the top of the Premier League after their victory over Manchester City on Saturday. Klopp’s side will want to make amends against West Ham next Sunday as they hope to keep their title hopes alive.