Liverpool enter this season as defending champions for the first time in 30 years. The Reds have been outrageously consistent in the past couple of campaigns. As a result teams are scared to play Jürgen Klopp’s side, often setting up to just try not to lose. The government has u-turned on plans to reintroduce fans to games, Liverpool could face more defensive sides due to these stadium closures.
In the past two campaigns Liverpool have dropped just 32 points.
Jürgen Klopp’s men have picked up 97 points and 99 points across two incredible seasons.
As a result, opposition sides are wary of taking on the Red Machine. Why wouldn’t you be? The consistency is staggering and they always find a way through.
The only drop in performance we’ve seen has come after the title was won last season.
Government continue stadium closures
There were plans for fans to return to grounds in October with some EFL sides given permission in the past couple of weeks to trial having small numbers of supporters in.
However, following a u-turn, the government will persist with stadium closures.
The decision means that for the foreseeable future, Liverpool will take on teams behind closed doors.
More defensive setups
Playing behind closed doors can give opposition managers more of an opportunity to set up defensively at home.
Fans don’t like to see their own side park the bus at home but if they aren’t in the ground then managers may feel more free to be cautious.
Speaking on the Red Agenda Podcast, Simon Hughes suggested that we saw it this weekend, saying:
“The concern for me, having watched Liverpool after football returned in June was that opponents are able to sit back a bit more.
“Chelsea did it on Sunday. An ultra-defensive, almost cowardly performance just trying to catch Liverpool on the break. I can’t imagine that Frank Lampard would have tried that in front of a full house at Stamford Bridge.”
Thiago to step up
This is why we bought Thiago, to counter the low block.
Alcantara is there to lock pick, to loft that ball over a deep lying defence.
The Spaniard is going to be critical for us in the coming weeks, keeping the intensity high when we’re in possession and the opposition is looking to frustrate us.
Fingers crossed we’ve signed the right man at the right time.