One Spanish pundit believes he saw a ‘level below Europa League’ from Liverpool last week. The Reds certainly didn’t play well in Madrid.
Liverpool performed below their expected levels against Real Madrid last week – if we’re putting it nicely. They were awful fast half, in particular.
Jurgen Klopp started Naby Keita in midfield as his major change. Roberto Firmino sat on the bench, too, suggesting the Liverpool boss wanted constant counter-attacking.
But the Reds were lost out there. They didn’t press properly, no one covered the full-backs properly and Real tore them apart over the first 45.
Klopp did change things for the second half – and they improved – but it was an all-around terrible performance. One part appears to have really stuck out in Spain, however.
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One journalist says the defending he saw from Liverpool was ‘below Europa League level’.
“The two centre backs were below Europa League level,” said Felipe del Campo to Marca before reiterating his point.
“I didn’t say that Liverpool are a [Europa] Conference League team. I said that the level that Liverpool’s centre backs showed the other day is not even a Europa League team.”
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Well, ahead of this season, they literally were that. Liverpool didn’t plan on using either of them this late in the competition.
But injuries crippled the Reds’ options, leaving them with what they’ve got. Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak have been decent but no, they’re not Champions League level.
Neither played particularly well against Real Madrid, either. We can see from that why they’d get stick.
But in truth, no one in Red was particularly good. The centre-backs got little to no help in front of them as they played against an elite team.
We do expect things to be better later today as Liverpool try to overturn their 3-1 defeat.