Pundits raise concerns about Liverpool after 18-months of Jurgen Klopp
Has Jurgen Klopp done enough in the past 18-months at Liverpool to escape criticism? Some experts don’t think so.
In the aftermath of last night’s 2-2 draw with La Liga side Sevilla, at Old Trafford, pundits raised concerns regarding Liverpool’s future in the Champions League.
Few can find faults in Klopp’s attacking play, except for the inability to take several chances, but it’s the dismal defensive side of his team that often raises eyebrows.
An early strike from Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder quickly put a dampener on the Group E opener, though it didn’t take long for Liverpool’s attacking trident to drag their side back into proceedings.
A strike from fan-favourite Roberto Firmino after 20-minutes was soon followed by a deflected finish from Mohamed Salah, although the former’s missed penalty just before the interval proved costly.
But time and time again Liverpool struggle to get the easy things right. Lapses in defence when the back four falls asleep can only lead to inviting openings for the opposition to take advantage of — and this is something that has been the case even before Klopp’s arrival, so why has he not addressed it?
With Dejan Lovren’s slip having already cost Jurgen Klopp’s men for the game’s opener, it was a familiar story of defensive lapses proving detrimental for Liverpool in their quest to re-establish themselves among football’s elite.
Former Irish internationals Liam Brady and Roy Keane spoke on RTÉ and ITV respectively following the match, with both suggesting that until Liverpool discover a way to attack and defend in equal measure, they will go nowhere in the Champions League:
"With a defence like that Liverpool we need to score a lot of goals" - Liam Brady pic.twitter.com/m5fh0mTRar— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) September 13, 2017
Liverpool win the Champions League? Forget about it says Roy Keane: pic.twitter.com/Ww1nwV4FDF— ITV Football (@itvfootball) September 13, 2017
Don’t hold back, lads…