Last season’s UCL finalists now struggling to get wins on Board, Liverpool have come a long way. Jurgen Klopp’s brilliant Reds are now in a state of bother. They are not the same in attack and defense is an even bigger issue. It seems as though the team is lost and does not know what to do at certain points of the game. With all the quality they have, even half of it has not been replicated. There seems to be no hunger or drive in the team anymore under Klopp. Liverpool have gone under poor spells earlier also but none like this one for sure. Getting results is one thing but playing your football is a different thing. At this moment, they are doing none of that.
Klopp’s Liverpool have just got 2 wins out of the first 6 premier league matches. They were also awful in the match at Old Trafford which they lost deservedly. In the Champions League, they managed to get a win against Ajax which lifted the team quite a bit. But they will need more than one win to get into the flow they want. The likes of Arnold, Salah, and Fabinho have not had the best of the seasons so far. New signing Darvin Nunez has also been pretty underwhelming. It really raises eyebrows with the money Liverpool paid for the Uruguayan striker. Luis Diaz seems to be the only one that gives his 100% on the pitch for the team.
Nevertheless, a team like Liverpool can never be written off. They have some of the best players in the world with a world-class coach to guide them. You can never count them out making a return to challenging for the Premier League title even after such a start. Former Player Jamie Carragher believes that it is still early to say anything. He said:
“They can still challenge for the Premier League, no doubt. But in terms of turning a corner it needs more than one game. There have been five or six games where Liverpool have been nowhere near their best.“
What is the issue with this Liverpool side?
Liverpool have not played their best football this season so far. Last year also, They got relatively easier UCL knockout ties which somehow hid their flaws. Sadio Mane left for Bayern Munich, and since then, they have not been the same. Jamie Carragher said:
“You have got a team who have been at the top of their game for five or six years and maybe they have come off that slightly in terms of intensity and that is what the team is built on. They have had injuries too.”
He further said:
“Maybe Van Dijk, Trent , maybe Fabinho in midfield, Salah, these players they haven’t been at their best at the start of this season, but that is allowed, it is normal. They are only human. We have all been there as players. I think it is a combination of those three factors. Players off form off the back of five or six years being at 100 per cent, intensity and injuries. They are just not quite there“
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