Gini Wijnaldum has said that Liverpool cannot point to injuries as ‘an excuse’ for their recent wretched run of form.
The Reds made it four consecutive home defeats in the league for the first time since 1923, following a 2-0 loss to Merseyside rivals Everton.
It was certainly the lowest of the low, in terms of the misery that has compounded supporters all season. The Reds have won just four of their previous 14 matches, after all.
As stand-in skipper following the loss of Jordan Henderson, Wijnaldum sent a message encapsulating the team’s recent frustration.
He also went into detail as to why the English champions cannot hide behind a number of mitigating circumstances to justify Liverpool’s current struggles.
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Wijnaldum – who cost the Reds £25 million [BBC] in 2016 – was direct and to the point. This is exactly the kind of response Kopites would have wanted to hear. Excuses aren’t going to cut-it with Liverpool’s title defence in tatters.
Still, it cannot be ignored that everything that could have possibly gone wrong for Liverpool this season has gone wrong.
Wijnaldum, after all, is the only Liverpool player alongside Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino who have yet to spend more than three weeks in the treatment room.
Including Henderson and Fabinho, Liverpool are five central defensive options down following the groin injury to the 30-year-old skipper against Everton.
According to The Mirror, Henderson could face an injury lay-off of up to three months.
A dip has become a slump
Indeed, it is striking that what initially started as a dip has quickly descended into a slump.
That is precisely why Liverpool themselves aren’t blameless in their woeful run of results.
Klopp has already showcased that changing the team’s identity, would mean changing himself. Such philosophies were the bedrock of such sustained success in recent years, after all.
He experienced this in Germany, too, with his Dortmund squad also ravaged by injuries in 2014/15. Klopp was defiant in maintaining his beliefs. The Black and Yellows finished seventh that season, and he stepped down.
While the echoes of that particular season do have similarities, as Wijnaldum rightly eluded to, this group of players certainly have enough to change the mood around.