Jurgen Klopp must find a way to end complacency at Liverpool after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
The Reds haven’t been at their best for a while now. In fact, the only time in recent weeks where they truly looked like the team of last season was the first half-hour against RB Salzburg.
And that, of course, came before an incredible collapse. We thought that may have helped Klopp fix any complacency but things have stayed the same since.
Liverpool should have beaten United comfortably. Instead, the team were slow, the movement was off, and nothing looked fluid.
It’s not as though they’re suddenly mid-table players – complacency is surely the only answer.
And we’ve seen it more and more in recent weeks. Liverpool have relied on a goalkeeping error to beat Sheffield United and a last-minute penalty to beat Leicester City. They nearly threw away a two-goal lead against Chelsea before that. They did throw away a three-goal lead against Salzburg.
Even against United, it came down to last-minute equaliser.
This is all despite Liverpool being comfortably the better team in all of those games. But the final ball is off, the concentration is down, and the Reds don’t look confident at the back or in front of goal.
It’s now six games in the Premier League and Champions League since Liverpool won by two goals. Simply put, this isn’t the Reds at their best.
And yet Liverpool are still getting results. That’s proof, if it were needed, that Liverpool are a phenomenal side. They’re just not playing like one right now.