The start to the season for the Kopites has been one of their best ever starts in the Premier League as they see themselves off the top on goal difference. They have been phenomenally brilliant in this season and way better as compared to the last one.
But Klopp has his hair turning grey over the midfield issues that loom the Boys at Anfield. The defence, however, looks solid as ever with the pairing of Dejan Lovren and Alisson Becker proving to be a boost defensively.
The striking trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino seemed to have paced down from their brutal performances last season and can’t seem to get going.
The attack misfiring in the recent games is of worry for Klopp and it might be because of the mediocre performances put up by the Reds’ midfield marshals. Liverpool, after Sunday’s stalemate with Manchester City, brought an unwanted milestone as it was the first time that Klopp’s celebrated trio have all gone four games for Liverpool without a goal.
Mane hasn’t been able to find the back of the net for seven straight games, while Firmino has failed to score in the last five games. Salah too hasn’t been able to find the net since the goal against Southampton.
The low key performances from the front three who were brutal last season show how average the midfield has been in creating chances that the trio can convert.
A midfield of Jordan Henderson, Milner and Wijnaldum provides a solid steadiness to the team. But there are times when the Reds are crying out for greater spark and guile.
So What does Klopp need to do to find the midfield mix for better results?
He needs to get the most out of the ‘game-changer’ £52 million signing in Naby Keita, who we can say has fairly been under par in what he brings to the game. Keita was expected to bring to the Liverpool midfield some intense energy and pace but the midfield has been far from something of those sorts.
Another man Klopp needs to concentrate on is Xherdan Shaqiri. The creative midfielder, who signed for Liverpool after an amazing last season, hasn’t been given enough opportunities to be the creative midfielder he is.
Lallana is another man that Klopp might want to turn attention to who has not played more than 5 minutes since the Champions League Final and has had a yearlong injury crisis.
Fabinho, the £50 million signing also has to be given a chance which might propel Henderson to go further in attack as Fabinho has shown he is more than just a decent holding midfielder.
The faithful at Anfield might miss Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but it looks like he won’t be back before the start of next season. Klopp has some tough games which can prove surprising and upsetting if not dealt with properly.
Klopp, therefore, needs to tread into these next few games with a midfield looking to provide for the dangerous trio that seems to have lost their spark. We know that it’s just a matter of time and effort before they start firing again.