Jürgen Klopp has not lost any of his last 29 Premier League games. The Reds have won 24 and drawn five of those matches. Liverpool are unbeatable because our opposition don’t believe that they can win.
Our latest victory came as the Reds brushed the current champions aside, coming out on top as they beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield. City are one of very few sides that have actually come out and attacked the Reds, it cost them dearly as we obliterated them on the counter.
The invincibility of the Reds has left opposition demoralised before they even start the game and it shows on the pitch. The was that this lack of belief manifests most often is in relation to Virgil van Dijk.
Jürgen Klopp’s Dutch colossus is nailed on for the Ballon d’Or this year. When strikers come up against him, they don’t seem to believe that they can get past him.
Strikers are coming up against Van Dijk and instead of trying to get around him, they are looking to pass it off to a teammate. They are holding the ball up (or trying to) and waiting for reinforcements. Attacks are stagnating when players see our number four on the horizon.
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The same is true of coming up against Alisson Becker, his shot-stopping ability has striker’s doubting themselves. Confidence is everything for goalscorers, coming up against the Brazilian saps this confidence from forwards.
The Reds pressing has been creating unforced errors in the opposition. Whilst ‘forcing unforced errors’ seems paradoxical, we see this because of the tone that Liverpool set. If you come up against a team that won’t give you a second on the ball, that won’t let you get out of your own half, you are more likely to try squander possession when you do have a second to breathe. Players are finding themselves on the ball and panicking that they will be pressed imminently, this causes errors.
Liverpool are unbeatable because their opposition believe they are. They aren’t wrong.