Liverpool finds themselves in deep troubled waters this season. What has gone so wrong for the Reds and what can be done to solve this?
Jurgen Klopp entered the history books of the Premier League last season when he guided Liverpool to their 19th English top-flight division league title. The Reds clinched their first-ever Premier League title in great fashion that was never seen before. They became the first side to win the league title with seven games remaining in the season. A feat that has never been achieved before.
It was expected that Liverpool would defend and retain their title in the new season as well. The Premier League champions even recruited some of the biggest names in European football in the summer transfer market to buckle up for the season. Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, and Konstantinos Tsimikas were brought in during the window to bolster the squad.
However, fate has not been on the German manager’s side as injuries have ravaged his starting eleven. Currently, the Reds are missing out on Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Nabil Keita, and Jordan Henderson who are all out with injuries. Despite the long list of injuries including defenders this season, Liverpool has somehow managed to maintain a cohesive defensive unit.
So what is the reason behind the Reds recent dip in form? Jurgen Klopp’s side has now gone five Premier League games without a win and has only scored one goal in their last five league fixtures. So who is to be blamed for this slump in form? Is it the manager, the defence, or the attack?
Liverpool’s dip in form is simply because of their unmotivated, sloppy, and lackluster attack of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino. Quite a shocking statement since this same front-three has tormented and discarded almost every Premier League team for the past couple of seasons.
Despite losing out Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, the defence has managed to concede three goals in their last five fixtures in the league. Meanwhile, the front-three has not yet hit their top gear since demolishing Crystal Palace by seven goals at Selhurst Park. The last goal from the forwards was from Sadio Mane who scored against West Brom that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Since then, none of the three forwards have found the back of the net. To make matters worse, Klopp’s options from the bench have also been more or less futile in the attempt to resolve the goal-scoring issues. Both Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi have been below-par this season. The return of Jota will certainly be a massive boost given the goal-scoring form he was in before picking up an injury.
If the rumours are to be believed then Liverpool will not be making any signings over the January transfer window. With that being said, the only option to recover from this dip in form would be that the front three rediscover their form. The Reds are up against Tottenham Hotspur next in the Premier League and a goal from either forward could possibly be the turning stone to rediscover their form that once haunted the Premier League.