Here are three ways Liverpool can improve with a quick-fix. The Reds have now lost three home games back-to-back.
Liverpool lost 4-1 to Manchester City on Sunday and, in the end, fully deserved to. Mistake after mistake cost them – they even got lucky with the missed penalty.
That means Liverpool, who were top at Christmas, are almost certainly out of the title race. They’ve won just two Premier League games in 2021, losing four.
So how does Jurgen Klopp fix things? Here are three ways the boss can improve Liverpool without too much fuss.
Moving Henderson back
Jordan Henderson needs to be in midfield. That has to happen immediately, even if a not-quite-ready signing comes into defence.
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Liverpool’s record, simply put, is superior when Henderson is in midfield. He is the only midfielder at the club who has not lost a game when playing there.
The Reds are more solid, have a better base to build attacks from, and control midfield better.
Moving Henderson back to his best position is a must.
This one is a quick-fix but can’t happen all that quickly. Diogo Jota could be another week or two from a return.
But when he’s back, we’ll get a better Liverpool. We know that. He’ll bring more spark to the attack and allow Klopp more options.
Stats back this up. Liverpool have an xG of 0.93 per 90 when playing through Jota, per Understat. That is elite level and higher than with any other player in the squad.
The second he’s back, Liverpool are better.
Liverpool need to get back to regularity. Consistent defences and consistent midfields to build cohesion.
For one, the new defenders will greatly benefit from it. Any new player needs time to get used to his teammates but that’s very difficult if they change every week.
We can see it best with Thiago, in fact. The Spaniard has eight starts for Liverpool but that’s come in five different midfield trios.
It’s very difficult for a player to adapt like that.
But from a team perspective, consistency in XIs can help generate consistency in games. When you know your teammates inside out and what to expect, it’ll translate to better performances.