Reasons To Worry

23 Jan

Virtually everyone that attended Anfield on Saturday expected Liverpool to win against Swansea City, the only question was by how many?

Unfortunately for Liverpool supporters was the Swansea players hadn’t read the script and stunned Anfield with a 3-2 win.

The result is a massive setback to Liverpool’s title hopes and it now looks like they will have a battle to remain in the top four.

Although the defeat was unexpected, it was a hardly a surprise because Liverpool supporters have suffered so many disappointing results like these in the past and these sort of results have scuppered their chances of winning the title for too many years.

Other than some disappointing results this season like the defeats at Burnley and Bournemouth before Saturday’s loss, Liverpool have some concerns that could cost them dear in the remainder of the season.

Liverpool have two tough cup-ties this week and the worst case scenario could see them with only the league to focus on this time next week because Klopp will look to rotate his players to deal with the fixture congestion with one eye on the massive league fixture against Chelsea next week.

Injuries to key players in the last few weeks have seen Liverpool’s form dip and it proves that Klopp’s squad isn’t strong enough just yet and certainly not as strong as other title contenders like Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal or Chelsea.

Another worry is that teams are seemingly working out how to play against Liverpool by sitting deep and defending narrowly against them and making it difficult to play against because Liverpool lack width in the team especially with Sadio Mane unavailable at the moment.

The Reds have been struggling to create as many chances in recent weeks and are suddenly struggling to find the back of the net compared to earlier in the season.

Defensively, Liverpool have looked solid some weeks like they did away to Manchester United and the home win against Manchester City but too often they have been poor like they were in Saturday’s defeat.

Saturday’s performance also looked like some Liverpool players were not 100% fit, Clyne certainly didn’t and Coutinho and Henderson didn’t look as sharp as usual.

Hopefully this is just a mini-slump of form at the moment for Liverpool and they can bounce back quickly with two wins in the cup this week.

 

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