Liverpool are struggling to keep clean sheets this season.

The Reds have shut out their opponents on just two occasions in the Premier League so far; a drastic change from last season when Liverpool amassed 21 clean sheets.

Despite this, Jurgen Klopp’s side has one of the best defensive records in the league. So exactly why are we struggling to keep clean sheets this season?

An unsettled defence

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Liverpool have had no luck in the defensive department all season.

The Reds lost Alisson Becker during the first league game to set the tone. Despite the impressive performances of back-up ‘keeper Adrian Liverpool didn’t look as solid.

Just as Alisson is returning to fitness, we get yet another blow at the back. Joel Matip, who has been instrumental in Klopp’s defence, picked up a knee injury.

His replacements, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez, have have failed to stake a claim for a regular starting spot and Liverpool fans are counting the days until the Cameroonian international returns.

Better competition

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Liverpool and Manchester City set the bar very high last season and, in the process, made everyone else look bad.

The Premier League teams have really stepped it up a level this year. Even the newly promoted sides are giving the Reds tough games, as we saw at Villa Park on Saturday.

 

Not only are our rivals getting better, they are also stepping up their levels against us.

No longer are Klopp’s men the plucky underdogs. We are the European champions with a massive target on our back.

Current league leaders, riding an incredible unbeaten streak: every team we play wants to be the one to end our run and the performances show that.

We don’t need clean sheets

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As nice as clean sheets are, Liverpool have proved they aren’t a necessity.

The Reds currently sit six points clear at the top of the table despite having only two shut-outs all season.

Our defensive record is still one of the best. Our goal-difference is still one of the best.

At the end of the campaign, clean sheets won’t be what win us the league.

It’s all about points on the board and Liverpool are doing better than anybody in that department.

 

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