Problems At Liverpool

When Jurgen Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. Fans really began to believe that he could deliver a Premier League title. However pressure is beginning to mount on Klopp, after a string of poor results. Monday night’s shambolic performance against a struggling Leicester City side, appeared to show how serious things are at Liverpool.

At times their attacking displays have papered over the cracks. The defensive woes had gone under the radar because the goals were flying in at the other end. When Liverpool fail to score, their defensive frailties are exposed. Liverpool have now only won one of their last seven games – simply not good enough for a side with top four aspirations. Fourth-placed Arsenal are indeed only a point ahead, however the gunners have played a game less. While resurgent Manchester United are just a point behind Liverpool having also played a fixture less.

At this moment in time, you would certainly put money on Liverpool to finish outside the top four. They have a huge game on Saturday as the Reds host Arsenal, if Liverpool win that game it will see them overtake Arsenal into fourth place. The problem is, if Liverpool continue to defend the way they have been of late, Arsenal’s attacking players will have a field day.

Liverpool will have to spend big in the summer, no matter where they finish in the league. It is clear they need some steel in midfield, Jordan Henderson can’t seem to stave off injuries and Emre Can is rather inconsistent. If I was Klopp I would be looking at someone like Eric Dier. Fairly underrated he gets through a lot of work during a game and can break up the play nicely, which would allow the attacking players to bomb forward. Another player who I think would suit Liverpool is Blaise Matuidi from PSG, a fierce and strong tackler who is a good box to box midfielder.

Of course the main priority for Klopp this summer should be to sort out the defence. Dejan Lovren does not fill you with much confidence, Joel Matip is a decent player but can’t do it all on his own. Lucas Leiva has had to fill in at the back in the absence of Matip, Lucas unfortunately is nowhere near good enough to play in that position. If you take a look at the defenders at Klopp’s disposal this season: Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip, Kevin Stewart, Connor Randall and Trent Alex-Arnold. You look at that list and you are pretty underwhelmed.

Daniel Sturridge will no doubt leave in the summer, he isn’t getting much game time and it will be good for both him and the club, if he moves on. Liverpool won’t get a big fee for Sturridge, however it is important that they reinvest the money and buy a good replacement. If Liverpool are serious about challenging for the Premier League next season, they need an overhaul of the squad. The league has gone this season, it is Chelsea’s – they have stormed the league so far this season.

I worry about Liverpool, Klopp is a good manager but he needs time to build a squad that can challenge for the title. In the modern game owners are impatient and want success with a click of the fingers. If results continue the way they are, Klopp may not see the season through.