A Review Of Liverpool’s Last Two Premier League games – Are Liverpool Genuine Title Challengers?

A Review Of Liverpool’s Last Two Premier League games – Are Liverpool Genuine Title Challengers?
Sep 27, 2016

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Are Liverpool title challengers? It’s a hard question to answer with consistency problems at Anfield. Although Liverpool did lose against Burnley which caused a puncture to Liverpool’s hopes going forward, there have been some really good and positives performances against top teams since the heartbreak and frustration. We’ve played Leicester City, Spurs, and Arsenal and have gained positives points which are deserved.

Not to forget that these teams were high up at the table last season so we’ve done very well considering that we came 8th last season and 7th the year before that.

Going into the game, at the Bridge, you could see that we had a game plan. Chelsea came at us and it benefited us massively and we took advantage. Chelsea didn’t have anyone who was going to take control of the game and dominate the midfield. Wijnaldum and Henderson took control and were engines who wouldn’t let the Chelsea playmakers have a moment’s peace on the ball. Klopp got his tactics spot on.

Since joining, Klopp has transformed Adam Lallana and he looks set to be nailed on the team sheet. His pressing all game was sublime and his tracking back is exactly what the fans from Merseyside want. Players playing for the shirt and giving their all is exactly what was a need at Liverpool football club and Jürgen Klopp thrives this.

Mané showed why Liverpool played the full £36 million price tag for the Senegalese. His backtracking, his movement, and his engine shouldn’t go unnoticed. Didn’t play the best but showed why Klopp had faith and broke the bank for him, exactly what I want to see out wide.

The interactive style is what Klopp had been known for at Dortmund, we saw glimpses of it last season and I can see that the style that Klopp wanted to adapt last year, has finally adapted. Klopp has implemented his ideas into the team and his team is certainly showing it.

Sturridge has seemed to be adapting perfectly to what Klopp wants in a centre forward; he has now a tricky decision who to start in the three attacking roles. I’m personally starting to see the Sturridge of a few seasons ago, he’s lost a yard of pace but seems to regain speed and work rate to match what Klopp wants from his number nine.

It feels like we’ve learnt our lesson from the result from Burnley away. I wouldn’t like to speak too soon but it feels like a blessing in disguise. We now know how to break down teams that sit back and our tactics always change depending on the opposition.

With the outlet of Mané in the squad, it gives us an option out wide to expose teams that come to sit back and try to nick a point or the three. With 3 assists and 3 goals in the league this season, he’s certainly proved his price tag of £36 million and he’s worth every penny. The attacking intent is frightening when on the counter attack, the forward force are unstoppable when we get going with a high intensity.

Lallana is stepping up his game hugely with him adding goals to his game which was what the fans in red from Merseyside had wanted. Looks to be a main figure in the team, Klopp is certainly a massive fan of the ex-Southampton star.

Although Liverpool hasn’t kept a clean sheet in the league which is worrying coming from a defensive side, there are too many positives to take from the team to be negative from the start of the season.

By Jack Frankham

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