Liverpool’s result on Sunday was more than disappointing, it was a harsh reality check that this team is not good enough to challenge for a top four spot, let alone the title as it stands.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 22, 2017
Tottenham, a team Liverpool has consistently dominated over the years, suddenly looked miles ahead in class. And Liverpool’s defensive line was not the only reason for the result, that is an easy excuse at this point. But it is funny to compare the two. While Jurgen Klopp continues to deploy a back four consisting of players bought by Brendan Rodgers (apart from Matip), Tottenham have spent the right kind of money on their backline and midfield, turning it into a powerhouse.
The way in which Liverpool conceded their goals was embarrassing. Dejan Lovren had a shocker and was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first half. Joel Matip’s weak header set Dele Alli up for the third and by the time Harry Kane added a fourth due to a Simon Mignolet mistake, Liverpool were finished off.
But defending is not Liverpool’s only issue. Jurgen Klopp has become an issue. One would think a manager would change things up when they are not working, but Klopp seems to deploy the same formation, tactics and players (for the most part) week in-week out.
Klopp is very naive. And it is easy to see past this because of his immense passion for the game. But unless Klopp changes things up (the 4-4-2 diamond formation turned Liverpool into a power under Brendan Rodgers) Liverpool are in trouble this season.
Sure, the Reds were fresh off of a historic Champions League victory in Slovenia, but they were coming into the Tottenham match with poor Premier League form. They have been figured out. All teams have to do is sit back a bit, absorb the pressure Klopp throws at them and crush Liverpool on the counter attack.
Liverpool had 64% possession against Tottenham, but looked outmatched. It was the same story against Manchester United at Anfield. The Reds were held to a 0-0 draw, finishing with 63%. Clearly something is not working and Klopp should address this more seriously if he wants results to turn around.
A new formation and tactical switch would be music to many’s ears. It is clear Liverpool have the talent, but tactically they are being taken advantage of far too often now. You have to say Rodgers would have been fired a long time ago now, had he had Klopp’s record. In fact, he was.
? Games: 78
✅ Points: 148
? Games: 78
✅ Points: 144
? Games: 78
✅ Points: 137 pic.twitter.com/CZZLKEiogT
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) October 22, 2017
Everton just fired Ronald Koeman as a result of their poor start this season, will Klopp meet the same fate? Most would hope not, but it is impossible to defend him anymore. The German is becoming a massive problem and need to finally learn from these poor results.