With the defeat against Manchester City in Premier League and Watford in FA Cup, there is now a question peeping already in English football, will Liverpool end up with a trophy-less season again?
Jurgen Klopp annexed the position as Liverpool manager and it’s still relatively hard to gauge whether or not he’s made a success of his time at Anfield. There’s no doubt that the German has brought in a more exciting style of play on Merseyside with his self-proclaimed heavy-metal attack, but what does his team actually have to show for it? Aside from being involved in some of the most entertaining matches, Klopp hasn’t lifted a single trophy for his fans – and that’s what really matters.
Liverpool’s trophy prospects have not been helped in recent years by the sales of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, and Philippe Coutinho for a combined sum of £266m. But Liverpool have already spent around £100m on new players for the 2018-19 campaign. Liverpool have signed midfielder Fabinho from Monaco for £39m and Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke after the Reds activated his £13m release clause. The Reds broke the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper to sign Alisson for £65 million and have spent significantly more in the summer transfer window than top-six rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool have had a fairly decent season by their standards, due to manager Jurgen Klopp making some of the best transfer window signings that the club has ever seen, after signing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane over the past couple of years.
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Although Jurgen Klopp has brought about passion and fight to proceedings on Merseyside, there’s no denying some key problems within the side. Injuries to Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, and Joel Matip could cast doubt on Liverpool’s chances to win trophies this season. Gomez (fractured leg) and Matip (broken collarbone) and Lovren (hamstring) face lengthy spells on the sidelines, leaving boss Jurgen Klopp with just one recognized centre-half in Virgil van Dijk. Jurgen Klopp must use his squad carefully, and defensive reinforcements would be a real help in January. Aside from that City result, they have a great record against top six clubs since Klopp took over. If they can become flat track bullies too, and improve at defending set pieces, then they could go on a real title tilt. The Merseyside club is looking extremely impressive at present, but that might not last all season, as they are weak in central defense and sometimes struggle to score from the chances.
Midfield and Attack, Less Creative
Liverpool have no problem against the teams who enjoy ball possession as that pace by Mane and Salah would easily help them score. But the problem is with teams who don’t like to hold the ball, they use Liverpool’s game plan on them. In such situations, there is a lack of creativity no sharp or quick play. Firmino is nowhere near, where he was last time. He did everything, attack, defend, play-making. This year he is more defensive. This season, Liverpool have no serious play-maker. Last time they had Coutinho for half of the season and then Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, who are superb creative players. This year the Reds have newcomers who are taking insane time to adapt. So, it is more than a mere possibility that the Anfield based club could lag behind in the last laps of the season to deliver another barren year under Jurgen Klopp.