Michael Mongie analyses Liverpool’s prospects in their next three Premier League outings against Leicester City, Chelsea and Hull City.
Liverpool is, at the best of times, excruciatingly painful to watch. You know that there is a guarantee for exciting attacking football, but when you the flip the coin, there is just as much, if not more promise for defensive ineptitude.
The season opener is a prime example of this. In 23 minutes of unadulterated high-intensity attacking football, Liverpool blew Arsenal to pieces. 4-1 is a scoreline which, typically, signals game over. Bear in mind, however, that Liverpool isn’t your average team; the Reds have an uncanny ability to bugger things up without assistance.
Jurgen Klopp’s side then travelled to Turf Moor where, in the most Liverpool way possible, conceded two goals to newly-promoted Burnley. By being overly callous I may take some deserved credit from a well-drilled side which stuck to their tactics and frustrated Liverpool, but defeat to the Clarets was entirely avoidable.
Liverpool then went away, again, this time to White Hart Lane. A hard fought draw between the sides, still, did not reflect what Liverpool should have taken from the game. Sadio Mane’s goal was flagged due to Adam Lallana being offside, and he was. But then Eric Dier wasn’t called offside in the build-up to Danny Rose’s equaliser.
What can you do? Well, I know that Jurgen Klopp is actively working on his defence in training with Joel Matip, James Milner and Alberto Moreno while the rest of the squad is off on international duty.
Let’s jump into analysing the Reds’ next three fixtures, shall we?