Liverpool get an eight-day break this week. It’s exactly what they needed after a terrible display at Anfield.
Liverpool lost at home to Everton. First time that’s happened since 1999, as you’ve probably heard. It’s a historically awful result and one we won’t forget soon.
But it’s really just one part of an even bigger problem. Liverpool have now lost four home games on the bounce and have just two Premier League wins in 2021.
This is the worst run of form for a very, very long time.
Fortunately, Liverpool have got what they needed this week. The Reds won’t play again until Sunday, giving them an eight-day break – their longest since the start of January.
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Even better, their first game back is against Sheffield United. That should be a simple win.
If it isn’t, then the problems run about as deep as it gets. At the very least, we’ll see just how bad things are after Sunday.
Liverpool need to recuperate mentally and physically.
Fresh legs will be important – Liverpool effectively used the same XI for three games in eight days. Is it an excuse for Saturday? Absolutely not. But it’s safe to say that this current team would benefit from rest.
Mental recuperation, too, is important. They need to wrap their heads around all of this and what was a new low on Saturday.
If that means stewing on it for eight days, fine – find a way to use that. Moving on quickly quite plainly doesn’t work.
There’s another two benefits to the break, though. Hopefully, the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho use the time to great fit for Sunday.
Their inclusion would help greatly, purely in terms of options. But Fabinho will also need to cover Jordan Henderson, who went off against Everton.
Then there’s Ozan Kabak. He still needs time to adapt to Liverpool and a longer break between games helps him do that. Hopefully, it allows Ben Davies to get up to speed, too.
Liverpool need to use this break well. Right now, it feels as though the season hangs on coming out of it with resurgence.