For Liverpool, weaker opposition used to be a stumbling block – not anymore. Despite brushing bigger teams aside, the Reds would struggle against mid-table and relegation threatened sides. One case in point being the nightmare of Selhurst Park in 2014.
Fast forward to 2019 and Jürgen Klopp has assembled a side that make mincemeat of less threatening opponents. Teams would lineup against Liverpool with every man behind the ball and nick a goal from a corner – this isn’t a problem for the Anfield side anymore, here’s why:
Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are Liverpool’s two best fullbacks of the modern day. During the 18/19 campaign, Robertson (11 assists) equalled Leighton Baines’ record for assists by a defender in a season, Alexander-Arnold broke the record with 12. With teams sitting deep against the Reds, we used to struggle – now we have two of the best crossers of the ball in the world – we can threaten deep lying opposition.
A leaky defence cost Liverpool more points than it should have in the past. Set pieces were a game of Russian roulette and defenders were prone to careless errors. Since the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, the Liverpool back 4 has never looked so assured.
In recent memory, Liverpool have never had a better front line. In 13/14, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were lethal but they have nothing on this front three. Brendan Rodgers relied on Suarez to create something from nothing. Now the Reds have three forwards all capable of moments of magic when Klopp’s men look frustrated. Although it isn’t against a lower league side and we were already winning – I would like to present into evidence: Mo Salah’s moment of magic against Chelsea.