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Liverpool lose the lead more than anyone in the Premier League

Liverpool have blown more leads than any other Premier League club in 2015-16. Here, we recap the points they threw away ...

Sept. 20 drew 1-1 at home to Norwich City

Some of Liverpool's best-known recent traits were on show here -- even down to Daniel Sturridge making a comeback after five months out through injury. What hurt them, though, was their profligacy in front of goal and their inability to defend set-pieces, for which they were punished once Danny Ings had put them in front.

They failed to deal with a 62nd minute corner, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet punching it to Russell Martin, who hooked home. Then, Philippe Coutinho wasted a one-on-one with Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy after 78 minutes, leaving Liverpool ruing two points squandered rather than one gained.

Oct. 4 drew 1-1 away to Everton

Ings was again on target but his side's failure to make their dominance count was repeated at Goodison Park. Chances came for Sturridge and Martin Skrtel, who lacked the composure to capitalise. Romelu Lukaku made them regret it by netting for Everton.

The writing was already on the wall for Brendan Rodgers and this result triggered the manager's dismissal after three years in charge.

Oct. 25 drew 1-1 at home to Southampton

Under new boss Jurgen Klopp, the Reds had managed draws with Tottenham and Rubin Kazan. Home form, in particular, had been a concern, but when Christian Benteke headed his team into a 77th minute lead, Klopp's maiden victory was briefly on the cards.

The optimism lasted nine minutes. A goal by Sadio Mane (not for the last time this season) proved Liverpool's undoing, even if he ended the night on a low note when he was sent off in stoppage time.

Dec. 13 drew 2-2 at home to West Brom

Klopp had flagged the visitors' threat at set-pieces beforehand but was powerless as his defence shipped goals to Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson.

Benteke and Coutinho were wasteful before Divock Origi's 96th-minute equaliser electrified Anfield, with the manager leading his players to bow before the Kop.If that gesture split opinion, there was no denying Liverpool's most costly weaknesses.

Jurgen Klopp led his players to applaud the Kop after a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom.

Jan. 13 drew 3-3 at home to Arsenal

This point felt more like a victory when Joe Allen volleyed in a last-gasp leveller, sending a fired-up Klopp sprinting down the touchline. But his side had earlier led twice.

They had opened the scoring through Roberto Firmino before Aaron Ramsey notched for Arsenal, then Olivier Giroud restored parity again after Firmino doubled his tally.

Feb. 6 drew 2-2 at home to Sunderland

A match remembered for the 77th-minute walkout of more than 10,000 supporters in protest at ticket price increases featured another costly collapse.

Firmino headed in James Milner's cross after 59 minutes, then broke and squared for Adam Lallana to score 11 minutes later. Mignolet was found wanting when Adam Johnson curled an 82nd minute free kick inside his near post and Mamadou Sakho gave Jermain Defoe space to turn and rifle in an 89th minute equaliser.

March 20 lost 3-2 away to Southampton

Ronald Koeman's Saints were again the beneficiaries as Klopp's men somehow contrived to lose having led 2-0 at half-time -- the first time they had done so in a league match since 1964, and their first such reverse in any competition since a 1997 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea.

Leading through goals from Coutinho and Sturridge, they fell apart. Mane had a penalty saved but took his next chance to pull a goal back. At the other end, Benteke missed a chance to make it 3-1. Helped by defensive and goalkeeping frailty, late strikes by Graziano Pelle and Mane showed that even after a period of relative stability, Liverpool remained capable of shooting themselves in the foot.

Tom is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @writertombell.


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