Not long ago, playing Liverpool at Anfield required a lot of courage and nerves. Jurgen Klopp’s men have had innumerable nights at their very own fortress, where they have shown that they are a club to reckon and European football should notice them and show respect. In the 2018/19 season, after the heroic comeback against Football Club Barcelona, at Anfield, they went on to lift the Champions League title.
The following season, they went on to lift the Premier League with their brand of relentless, hardworking football. Their home stadium is their citadel. But this year, it seems like Klopp’s men have lost the plot.
The Reds went on to lose their match against Chelsea on Thursday, making them the first club to lose 5 matches in a row after lifting the trophy the previous season. Mason Mount’s strike in the first half guaranteed Thomas Tuchel’s side 3 points and pushed Liverpool on to 7 games without a win at Anfield. Having shared points with West Brom and United and then losing matches against Burnley, Brighton, City, Everton, and now to London-based Chelsea, one can only imagine the disarray in the dressing room.
Liverpool’s decline in form is concerning
Such was the state of their football, the 85th-minute strike on goal from Georginio Wijnaldum was the first shot they had on target in the game against Chelsea. The last time they had to wait this long to fire one on target at Anfield was in 2010 when they had to wait till the 90th minute to have a shot on target. They lost the match 2-0 to Chelsea and went on to finish at the 7th position in the table.
The Reds have managed to snatch just 10 points from a maximum of 33 in the league since the beginning of the year. Only three other teams, Southampton, West Brom, and Newcastle have garnered less in 2021.
Jurgen Klopp and his men need to identify the pockets where they are going wrong, they need to work really hard to get back to their glory. At the moment Liverpool looks like a shadow of its former self.
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