Jurgen Klopp had a wish for Liverpool to put things right ahead of the West Ham United game a week ago. Two games later, that still hasn’t happened.
That game against the Hammers was Liverpool’s first after the Atletico Madrid defeat, of course. It represented an opportunity for Liverpool, as Klopp said.
“It’s really from sunshine to hardest rain – and that’s how it should be,” he said ahead of the defeat ahead of West Ham (per Liverpoolfc.com). “If you really want to be successful and if you could be successful – what we could have been in that game – then it has to feel really bad and that’s how it felt.
“So yes, we want to put things right, even when it’s a different competition.”
Two games later, Liverpool have not put things right and Klopp hasn’t got his wish.
The West Ham game ended in a win, of course, but it certainly wasn’t Liverpool at their best. They conceded twice against an out-of-form team and had to come from behind to win.
Then against Watford, we just wanted to see a clean-sheet. The opposite happened, really, as Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat.
And so, Liverpool are still trying to put things right. They still need that performance – not just result – that has them looking like the team of a month or two ago.
Will it come against Chelsea on Tuesday? Maybe, but that’ll be a tired first-team at best. Possibly even a second-string XI.
Liverpool have one more game after Chelsea to refind that rhythm, momentum and flow of their best. It’ll be against Bournemouth at Anfield and is their last chance to ‘make things right’ before the Atletico visit. They need to be at their best for that game.
The clock’s ticking, then, and the pressure is on.