Liverpool are suffering from the worst trend ahead of a meeting with Manchester City.
The two title rivals will have their first clash of the season on Sunday at Anfield. It’s the biggest game of the season for Liverpool – they can’t afford to lose at home to City.
And so it’s a bit of a worry that Liverpool are struggling in the worst way possible ahead of the game.
In short, Jurgen Klopp’s side can’t defend from wide positions right now. That also happens to be City’s favourite way to attack.
Liverpool conceded from wide set-pieces against Genk and Aston Villa. They conceded from a cut-back away at Genk, too, and from a cross against Manchester United. They also conceded twice from wide areas against RB Salzburg.
That’s six times in their last seven games (not counting the Arsenal game where Liverpool played an unusual team).
Such a poor record is especially bad against City, who thrive on cutbacks into the middle and crosses from wide. They scored two from such situations this weekend, for example.
Their first saw Kyle Walker pull it back for the waiting Sergio Aguero. City’s second was a cross from the left that Walker eventually put home.
Their previous league game, against Villa, had two goals from wide, too. Kevin de Bruyne scored literally from a cross, and their third goal came from a ball across the face of goal, too.
This from City is just about the last thing Liverpool want to face with their current trend. They need to fix it – quickly – and we may well see a more defensive, solid lineup and style on Sunday.
Because as things stand, City will thrive against Liverpool’s defence on Sunday.