The quest to consecutive Premier League title’s likely ended for Liverpool yesterday after a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City at Anfield.
The Reds have now endured their worst consecutive home results since the 1963-64 season and their road ahead doesn’t get any easier with Leicester City (away) and Everton (home).
The defeat on Sunday highlighted a number of issues Liverpool have struggled with throughout the season that all came to the surface against the league-leaders.
What did we learn from the Liverpool defeat?
Title Hopes Dashed
The result on Sunday all but ends any hope at retaining the Premier League title. With a game in hand, Manchester City sit 10 points clear of Liverpool, and the Reds have a fight on their hands to remain in the top four; an absolutely vital objective with regards to their summer transfer strategy.
Time For Kabak & Davies
The Jordan Henderson and Fabinho centre-back combination should have seen it’s last game at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. Despite the errors elsewhere on the pitch, City were allowed to score three goals inside the 6-yard-box.
The pairing are desperately missed in midfield and perhaps it is time to give the reigns in defence over to the newcomers who need to build a partnership relatively quickly if Liverpool look to change their recent luck.
Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies need to see the pitch, and soon.
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Alisson Is Human After All
Alisson Becker had a night to forget. Perhaps the most consistent cog in Klopp’s army, Alisson provided two key errors in the second half that put the game away for the Citizens.
We’ve seen very few errors from Alisson since he was signed in the summer of 2018 (the Leicester [Away] error comes to mind, but that is really it), but with these errors that are few and far between, we must consider the number of times Alisson has saved Liverpool with crucial saves (Napoli and Barca come to mind straight away).
Hopefully, this is a one-off for the Brazilian number-one and he returns to the World Class form he consistently plays with.
Attack Needs New Phase
Who would have thought that perhaps the most prolific front-three in the clubs history would have an open-play home scoring drought lasting over three matches.
Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane are suffering with the lack of help behind them in trying to create opportunities.
Once again, the decision to play Diogo Jota against Midtjylland in a pointless tie has proved costly (especially considering the fact that we had a jam pact schedule at the time of the injury).
If the top four is achieved, expect new players to be brought in upfront.
Home Dominance A Thing Of The Past
The “fortress” is no longer a fortress without it’s people. Fans have been dearly missed at Anfield since COVID-19 overtook the sporting world.
Perceived as the hardest place to play in Europe by many, Anfield is a shell of itself without the fans in attendance; and it show with the way in which opposition are performing.
Opponents are taking advantage of playing without the most difficult atmosphere for visitors in sports. Intimidation has been a big factor in how teams perform at Anfield in recent years, but now, it’s just another pitch.
Liverpool’s next match is at the King Power Stadium against Leicester at 12:30pm on Saturday.