Brad Friedel sees the signs of a behind-the-scenes problem at Liverpool. The ex-Red feels the club will have to address it.
It’s fairly obvious that things aren’t great at Liverpool right now, even with the back-to-back wins over RB Leipzig and Wolves. They’re still on a run of six consecutive home defeats, after all.
And the problems are all over the place. There are the defensive issues, of course, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all out for the season.
But the most pressing issue appears to be up top. Liverpool have struggled badly for goals in 2021 – they’ve got one at Anfield and it was a penalty.
Things just don’t look right and it begs the question – should Liverpool overhaul their attack this summer? It might be time to finally break up their famed front-three.
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Well, former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes their quality is still obvious. But he does see signs of a behind-the-scenes problem.
“What I would say is that Liverpool don’t need to change any of them if they’re all three happy and performing,” he told Cards Chat.
“The quality that the three have are second to none. But at times this season, they haven’t all looked happy.
“These are the little idiosyncrasies that we don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. Normally if you take them off the pitch and things are happy you’re not acting a little bit petulant, things of that nature.
“So, something is going on. If it’s a little bit of a bigger issue than a smaller issue, then that might have to be addressed.”
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Well, Friedel is right. If there is a major underlying issues, Liverpool won’t believe that things are going to improve.
In that instance, it makes sense to move players on to eliminate the problem. It’s probably a good sign, then, that Liverpool reportedly don’t intend to do that.
The Athletic claims that Liverpool do want a forward this summer but not to replace anyone. Instead, they want a supplemental player who can add to what they’ve got.
Similar to Diogo Jota, we’d imagine.
This suggests that Liverpool believe their current forwards will overcome whatever their issues are. There’s nothing serious enough to warrant a rebuild.
That, undoubtedly, bodes well for next season and the end of this one.