Liverpool Need To Stay Focused And Not Make Any More Mistakes Hereafter – Here’s Why
Liverpool are in a pretty good shape right now. They secured a brilliant 4-1 win against West Ham, after two consecutive 3-0 victories. Both the wins were both at home, against easy opposition – Huddersfield and Maribor – but the West Ham game presented quite a tough challenge and Jurgen Klopp’s men stepped up to the task.
As one might observe, it is interesting how Klopp always either has a good run or bad run. Even with Borussia Dortmund, he was either on a winning streak or a losing streak. There never seems to be a middle ground when results are merely acceptable or even average. After a frustrating period of some embarrassing losses, the club seem to be on an upsurge right now – which will be a welcome sign for the fans.
Although they have been touted as one of the sharpest attacks in the league this season, Liverpool seem to struggle against deeply defensive sides at times. For example, the game against Manchester United was a dampener for the club where their attack failed to break Jose Mourinho’s defence. However, in times of struggle, every straw must be clutched on to tightly and Liverpool have trudged on but they cannot make any more mistakes now.
Heavy defeats to Premier League hotshots Manchester City and Tottenham did hurt them but they seem to be getting back on track now. However, their defence continues to be an issue. Moreover, it seems like Liverpool are beginning to feel the pinch of their increased workload because of European competition. Even the midfield area, which seemed overloaded with players, now seems a little on the bare side.
Georginio Wijnaldum is the latest player to limp out of action and into a period of recuperation. It has been a blemish on Klopp’s reign so far – that and the inability to defend properly. For any team, it is important to rotate players to ensure the key players stay fit and don’t succumb to injuries, and of course, to defend well too. A good attack can help you with scoring goals but what good is that if you have a leaky defence?
Klopp will be hoping his injury problems don’t last much longer. Sadio Mane is back and the upcoming international break could give Klopp an extra two weeks before the schedule becomes hectic again. What will come as a greater blessing for the manager is the fact that Mohammed Salah has been rested for Egypt and England’s Gareth Southgate has not selected Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – so these players won’t be at a risk of picking up injuries.
They did well to pick three points up in style and will be encouraged by the fact that their rivals have tougher fixtures against each other. If Liverpool do their own job, there’s every chance their league position will temporarily improve. Also, they will need to be in their best shape once they return after international duty, to face a fixture schedule that will put immense strain on Klopp’s already fragile squad – and if they make any errors hereafter, Klopp may have to kiss his chances of even a top-three finish goodbye.