Who would believe that? After 10 Premier League days, Liverpool are only 10th in the standings, runner-up to Manchester for two seasons and part of the Kingdom’s toughest teams for several years. Jürgen Klopp’s group is still to blame, even if it lacks a match to make up for. 14 units behind the leaderarsenal, also beat him in London on Sunday (2-3). Enough to rekindle the many doubts surrounding this disappointing Reds team, which has seemed only its own shadow since the start of the season. Error for several reasons. According to Arsene Wenger, The loss of Sadio Mané, who was sold to Bayern Munich this summer, has a lot to do with Liverpool’s problems.
Salah and Van Dijk, breathtaking leaders
But that’s not the only reason to explain the 2020 British champion’s terrible passing. First of all, managers like Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and even Alexander-Arnold are clearly not there. Apart from a few jerks, the Egyptian struggles to make a difference and to have confidence in his qualities. The former Roma and Chelsea player has scored just 2 league goals this year and is making his worst start to the season since 2017. He’s clearly worried on the field. For example, Mo Salah only touched the ball once in the Arsenal box at the Emirates. Entering the game in the 69th minute, PL’s top scorer last season scored only 4 goals in the last 20 league games.
On closer inspection, this coincides with his return from CAN, which is not trivial. The signing of his new contract this summer hasn’t helped him get back in shape. The right-hand side of the Reds, once one of the best on the planet, is struggling to perform on the meadow today. The British right is also experiencing a serious slowdown, and a deal with Salah is no longer as natural as it used to be. As for the Dutch defender, he is much less solid and reassuring than usual. As boss of the Liverpuldian rear guard, this sends some seriously negative signals to his associates, while his opponents no longer feel he is as imperial as he once was.
A less dominant environment, a questioning transfer window
Another element missing in Liverpool is the midfielder. The midfield of the Reds, which has been very dominant in recent seasons, is no longer as effective as it used to be. Thiago Alcantara adds a lot to his team when he’s not injured. His ability to keep up with time will be decisive for Jürgen Klopp. Other than that, Jordan Henderson has aged and is no longer the same player he was a few years ago. And this Fabinho seems to have worse luck too. This is reflected in the numbers as well. Players are running less and winning fewer duels than in recent months.
Observers also wonder if Liverpool’s management missed the 2022 summer transfer window. Only Darwin Núñez (Benfica), Fabio Carvalho (Fulham), Calvin Ramsey (Aberdeen) and Arthur Melo (Juventus) came to the shores of the Mersey. On paper, only the Uruguayan striker came in the shoes of a catcher. Now, however, Cavani’s compatriot does not necessarily live up to expectations in the UK and has yet to leave his mark. What the Diaz trio also needs is to find direction (few weeks away)-Nuñez-Salah, not forgetting the fit Roberto Firmino behind him and an ambush Diogo Jota who needs to get to know himself better and find his automatisms.
Klopp, 7 years old and then leaving (again)?
That’s not all. Jürgen Klopp and especially his very difficult method in connection with Gegenpressing (counterpressing) is in the landscape. Some wonder if the style of the Germans will begin to fade a little. Even the 7th grade theory is popping up. During his stints in Mainz and Dortmund, Klopp saw his adventure come to an end after just 7 seasons with the Reds, which he had just started. Fans can’t wait if Liverpool’s owners support the 55-year-old manager for now. Even in the Champions League, where the Reds took 2nd, their team took the soup in Napoli (1-4). Asked at a press conference on Sunday, Klopp chose to reassure.
“No, I don’t have any deeper systemic concerns about the current state of the team. I think goals scored have nothing to do with the system. Do you have to get used to it a bit more? That’s normal too. Do I have deeper concerns? Yes, of course I’m not happy – how can I be? (A journalist “
A Stable City of Liverpool
And the German coach continued by explaining that losing the championship and the Champions League in the final last year did not affect his players. “I feel like it was years ago. I don’t think that’s the reason, but I understand that you’re all thinking around every corner and trying to find a reason. But these things can happen.” That’s not the point anyway, the Reds need points urgently. After that A trip to Glasgow To challenge Rangers at C1 on Wednesday Liverpool also hosted two-time champions Manchester City, in the Premier League on Sunday. It’s a shock that could determine Jürgen Klopp’s future and force leaders to reconsider their goals this season. The hour is serious on Anfield Road.
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