After a brilliant start to the season, Liverpool suffered two shock defeats which leaves us wondering where did it all go wrong for the champions?
Liverpool had a remarkable season last year, winning the league by an astonishing 18 points margin. They won the UEFA Champions league prior to that season as well and it seemed like the Reds would go into the new season as strong contenders. With the addition of Thiago Alcantara and Diego Jota to their squad, the lineup seemed pretty strong. The Merseyside team started off well with a 4-3 win over Leads United and a 2-0 win over Chelsea but after that, it all went south.
The holding champions lost their league cup match against Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and were then absolutely 7-2 two days later by Aston Villa. Although admittedly, Arsenal are looking like quite an intimidating club under Arteta’s management, their loss to Villa is what shocked the entire world. Liverpool went into the match looking like the favorites and then to be humbled in such a fashion put doubt into many critic’s minds as to whether the Reds can retain their title.
The match started off well for the champions, but then after just five minutes into the match, a mistake by the second-choice goalkeeper, Adrian, tilted the game to the Claret and Blue’s favor. From then on, the Reds looked like a shadow of their former selves as they were exposed time and time again and they hung their heads in shame when the final whistle revealed the score to be 7-2. This is the first time since 1963 that Liverpool conceded seven goals so surely something must have gone wrong. Let’s look at the reasons.
Although the club made some good improvements by recruiting players like Alcantara and Jota, Alcantara along with Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri were tested positive for covid-19 and thus could not partake in the match. First choice keeper, Alisson Baker was also out with a shoulder injury and thus Jurgen Klopp was forced to play Adrian. The Spanish goalkeeper has been making a few mistakes recently and perhaps he is down on his luck a little bit but the quality of football is noticeably different without Alisson and Mane.
There is not much else to say as their defense had been fine the matches before that although their attacking presence did diminish a little bit. There is not too much to worry about and the six times Champions League winners will surely bounce back from their back to back defeats. However, their match against Merseyside rivals now becomes of utmost importance as Everton has been doing very well, and should they lose this match, Klopp will have a lot of questions to answer.
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