Liverpool are no doubt the solid challengers for this season’s title, as they have looked every bit capable of stealing the top prize away for the first time ever with their high-pressing brand of football.
After 13 rounds of league games, 9 victories, 3 draws and a loss have seen them acquire 30 points, just 1 less than the top placed Chelsea.
However, there are still some things Klopp must put in place and tackle head on if Liverpool are to go all the way to claim a title win come May, and here are 3 of such.
The growing list of injuries
Liverpool weren’t at their devastating best in the last 2 league games they played. They struggled all day against Southampton immediately after the international break, while they couldn’t break down a resolute Sunderland defence until the last 15 minutes of the game on Saturday.
All these happened as a result of the lack of fitness after the break and injuries to Lallana and Sturridge. And matters have now taken a turn for the worse as Coutinho and Firmino have joined others on the treatment table.
Ings is already ruled out until further notice, while Seyi Ojo has been missing in action since forever due to a back injury that prevented him from starting the season.
Liverpool’s fine form is beginning to get impeded by the weekly growing list of injured players, and the club has to prevent further casualties anyway they can.
The time of the season when things are about to get tougher is nigh. Liverpool can’t afford to be without their key players just when they need them most.
The lack of plan B
Liverpool have a very solid squad and manager, but they have often cut a lost figure on the pitch when things don’t go as they might have anticipatedly expected.
They take the same approach of attempting to break down opposition defence as they have done all day, hoping a miracle happens.
There is virtually nothing done differently to get a result in such situations, and it’s just obvious they lack a definite plan B.
We have seen this against Burnley, United, Tottenham, Southampton and even Sunderland. It’s been only the same rigid approach of pressing teams further back into their halves and forcing them to commit mistakes in order to strike a blow.
It isn’t working every time, but they have kept at it all the same. Eventually, teams will find a way to stop them and come up with proper plans by taking a page out of the book of these aforementioned clubs.
Klopp needs to come up with a plan B as soon as possible.
Contract extension delays
The winter transfer window is fast approaching, and there have been talks that PSG are ready to approach the Reds with an irresistible offer for Adam Lallana.
Nathaniel Clyne is said to be on Barcelona’s watch list, while Sturridge is a wanted man by fellow Premier League club and few European elites. Some other Liverpool players will get on clubs’ transfer list once the window opens.
These clubs will approach their targets with tempting offers, and just about anything can happen in football.
As talks of contract extension plans for a couple of their players continue to stall, this could be the best time for Liverpool to return to the negotiation table in order to renew and improve deals.
These key players are set to play vital roles in Liverpool’s campaign and also both in short-term and long-term missions. The club can’t afford to lose any first team member just half way into the season, and they must act fast to solve an issue that could rear its ugly head in just a month from now.