🔴 What is wrong with Liverpool this season? What has changed this season?

:red_circle: :crown: Liverpool were crowned the 2020 Premier League Champions, ending the Reds’ 30-year wait to win the English title.:trophy:

After a dream run, the team was expected to reign season 2020-2021 as well. However things are not rosy this season. In the recent heavy weight clash against Manchester City, they lost 1-4 with significant ramifications for the title race.

For the first time in FIFTY-EIGHT years, Liverpool had lost three consecutive league games at Anfield.
After 23 games this season, Liverpool (40) now have 27 fewer points than they did at the same stage last season (67), the biggest drop by any reigning champion at this stage of a campaign in English top-flight history.

Liverpool Stats at the Half-Way Stage of Each Season

:red_circle: Can somebody explain to me what is wrong with Liverpool?? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

What has changed between last season & this season?

  • Players? Absence of any particular players?
  • Fading camaraderie among players?
  • Mental Fatigue?
  • Coaching style? Any changes there?
  • Management? Any issues there?
  • COVID19 effect?? :fearful:
  • Weather?? (pun intended) :confused:
  • What else?? :thinking:
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:cold_sweat: Bad times for Liverpool! I am yet to figure out this deteriorating state of Liverpool. :face_with_monocle: Maybe other teams have gotten competitive this season.

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Not really! They’ve been knocked off their strides this season, and coupled with their injury crisis. Key players such as Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Diego Jota has all been out for a while now. But with the quality of players that are still available for Jurgen Klopp, one would expect them to win most of the matches they’ve failed to win so far.

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‘I Don’t Need a Break’: Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp insisted on Monday he is ready for the challenge of turning his team around after a tough period both on and off the field.

“I don’t need a break,” Klopp said, dismissing speculation he was contemplating quitting Liverpool.

“I can split things, I can switch off, one thing and the other thing, I don’t carry things around,” he added. “Of course we are influenced by things that happen around but nobody has to worry about me or whatever. I might not look (fine) because the weather is not cool, the beard gets more and more grey, I don’t sleep a lot, my eyes look like this, but I am full of energy.”

Addressing Liverpool’s poor form, Klopp said it was an interesting challenge.

“Nobody wrote a book about it, about how you come into a situation like this and how you solve it, but we will sort it,” he said. “Please, everyone, we will sort it. It could be tricky but we will sort it by playing football, sort it by sticking even more together, sort it by fighting with all we have. Sort it by learning more than you can learn in each season.”

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said Klopp comes into his own in periods of adversity.

"He is always there for us and tries to protect us the most but as players we take full responsibility,” Henderson said.

“There are no question marks over the manager and how he reacts after games. He handles situations like that really well and that is why we want to go out there and put in a performance.”

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I personally feel this is just a test of time for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, I think they were badly affected by injuries to key players especially Van Dijk and new recruit Diego Jota because he was really on fire for them before the injury but I still don’t think that’s the major reason why Liverpool are failing right now as I think the major reason they’re failing is due to the fact that they aren’t getting the best out of their top performers in the last two seasons, Robertson and Alexander Arnold performance has dropped drastically and so is Sallah, Mane and Firminho too with Sallah going like 5 games without a goal and Mane also going like 8 games without scoring too, in fact the trio has 30 goals between them with Sallah getting half of those goals with 17 while Mane has 7 and Firminho 6 while this might look impressive, its not good enough for the standard Liverpool has set for themselves, it’s not as if Liverpool are conceding too much even though they conceded 7 in their last two games to City and Leicester but their major problem is scoring enough goals to win games like they did last season when their attackers were constantly a threat to any opposition and banging in the goals and also Thiago hasn’t been able to offer them as much as Henderson used to do in the middle of the park and drifting him back as cover for Center Back position has also affected them but all in all, I feel for Liverpool to stand any chance of making the top 4 this season, they need to get their attackers as fearless as they used to be.

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