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Liverpool’s Season Back on Track: Lesson for Others

Last month was one that Liverpool and their manager, Jurgen Klopp, would rather forget due to the bad run they had. They won a single match out of the six they disputed in all competitions and everything seemed to be caused by the humiliating defeat in front of Manchester City, an unbelievable five to nil.

The five matches that followed weren’t that hot for the ‘Cormorants’, managing to score only seven times and conceding eight. As major events, they were kicked out from the Carabo Cup by Leicester City and the bad run in the UEFA Champions League are the most notable. Spartak Moscow and Sevilla both managed comebacks and stole 4 potential points from Liverpool in the groups.

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Injuries Could Be One Explanation

Everyone is trying to find an explanation for this dry spell that Liverpool is going through but we all know that Klopp is not the one to find excuses. He always applied the German way and took it upon himself whenever the team has problems. Even though his position is more than honourable, the many injuries the team is facing with can also explain this dark period. Adam Lallana is out for quite some time now and it seems that he will remain unavailable towards the end of November even though the previous estimation made him available starting with October. When it rains, it pours and Sadio Mane also picked up a hamstring injury during his international duty and will be out for 6 weeks.

Liverpool has some very tough matches ahead of them and the pressure is slowly starting to build around Klopp, the ex-boss of Borussia Dortmund. As shown many times during his stay at Borussia, he has some tricks up his sleeve so it’s quite about time to use them. But what can he really do to change things?

Tighten the Defense

With the transfer period so far away, it’s clear a quick fix can’t be applied to the issues Liverpool is showing in defence. And that’s no secret to anyone, they concede goals at a rate of 1.71 every 90 minutes and the season has just begun. Even without the possibility to bring in a strong defensive figure, Klopp showed everyone that he could really transform the team into a solid defensive outfit.
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Before this bad period, since the defeat against Leicester in February, Liverpool only lost one out of the next 12 matches, managed to get 5 clean sheet and only conceded two goals in just two of the 12 matches. By using a more defensive line-up with Emre Can and Lucas Leiva as midfielders and Georginio Wijnaldum a little ahead of them. This tactic can be applied once again by the German, however, it’s entirely up to him.

Play a Wild Card

It’s no secret that their attack became a bit predictable lately and with Mane injured things can’t get any better. Also, the changes he needs to make in order to strengthen the team defensively might lead to even more lack of thrust for the attacking intentions of Liverpool. Klopp tried giving Daniel Sturridge a shot up in front but he didn’t quite perform as expected, missing great occasions against Newcastle and Spartak. Perhaps another trick that the ex-boss of Borussia could try is giving Dominic Solanke more credit. He’s only 20 years old and already gives Liverpool a new dynamic when he joins the team from the bench because he didn’t play a full 90 minutes recently. He is strong in the air and also quite technical but, the most important part, he did not play so much so the opposition would have something new on their heads.

Proactivity Might Be the Key

Because he strongly believes in his team and that his tactics will pay off eventually, as previously proven at Borussia, Klopp might seem a bit insane for the fans. Keeping the same line-up even though the previous result with an identical set-up resulted in a loss, can make even his biggest fan think twice. There were too many times when he was too confident in the fact that his tactic will pay off and went with the same strategy when Liverpool is very capable of switching players around to bring a bit of fresh air for the team. Chamberlain, Woodburn, Robertson or Solanke are just a few names that can really bring some fresh blood to the tired-looking Liverpool team.

In most of the occasion, these players were introduced in the dying minutes of the game after Liverpool was already trailing, a very familiar scenario as well. So, perhaps Klopp should thing about starting with these players and switch things around more often since it’s true that if first, you don’t succeed, keep trying. But even trying has limits and after the fourth or fifth time you should definitely be proactive and change things..

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The bottom line is that Jurgen Klopp is a fantastic coach; he showed it at Borussia and Liverpool as well. Perhaps he’s too confident in the players he is using or just doesn’t want to admit he was wrong in the first place, however, he will definitely make things work for Liverpool once again.

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