Liverpool’s league race is running strong with them being in the top of the league, six points ahead of arch-rival, Manchester City. Apart from starting the season right, the Liverpool squad have some brilliant players who have been performing impressively for the club.
They continued the impressive form in their Champions League clash against Belgian side Genk in a match that ended 2-1 in favour of Liverpool on Tuesday night.
They took the early lead against the Belgian side, with Georginio Wijnaldum scoring their first goal in the 14th minute. Genk equalized late in the first half with a goal from Mbwana Samata. The game had ended in 1-1 in the first half break but Liverpool had come back to show their fighting spirit as usual, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring the second goal in the 53rd minute, sealing the win for the Reds.
Ahead of their Premier League fixture against rival, Manchester City next weekend, Liverpool will have to buckle their belt so they don’t slip. Even though they are top of the league, the points between them is not comfortable enough for the club to relax.
It might not look like it, but the Liverpool squad have some loopholes in the squad that needs to be addressed.
Loophole in the defence
It is an established fact that injuries are the hazards of football and one of the things inevitable. We have seen those in the Liverpool squad with Alisson Becker during the first league game. Although, back-up goalkeeper, Adrian was there as a replacement but his performance has not been solid.
Also, just as we look forward to Alisson returning to fitness, the Liverpool squad has suffered another setback in the person of Joel Matip who picked up a knee injury. He has been instrumental in Klopp’s defence.
His impact in the defence obviously shows with the replacements for him, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez failing to make a claim for the regular starting spot in the Liverpool squad.
Last season was a competitive season in the Premier League. We saw Liverpool and Manchester City trailing each other all through the season in a race that later saw Manchester City win the league over Liverpool with just one point.
Unlike last year where the competition between Manchester City and Liverpool made the other clubs look like they were not doing enough, this season has been different so far. The clubs have stepped up.
Not only are the rivals getting better, but they are also threatening Liverpool’s chances of winning the league title but being the current Champions League winner and riding an incredible unbeaten streak in the Premier League, every team they face wants to be the one to end the unbeaten run.
With the Reds riding high both in the Champions League and in the Premier League, the club might have to pay close attention to things that might stand in their way of winning titles this season. Those things might look minute and not important but the little things could harm their chances.