Sunday, October 2, 2022

Why The International Break Has Come At The Right Time For Jurgen Klopp And Liverpool

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Liverpool’s start to the season has been disappointing, to say the least. In a season which promised so much, possibly even a strong fight for the title, Jurgen Klopp’s men have been well below par. Dawdling in the seventh place, below minnows Burnley, and Arsenal, the Reds need an imminent upturn in fortunes.

Following of a decent start to the season, the Merseysiders failed to keep pace with the English giants for the past few weeks. The Reds registered only one victory in their six matches all competition in the month of the September, worse than any other team in the top half of the table.

Although the attack is doing a great job, scoring 13 goals, which is only bettered by high-flying Manchester clubs and Tottenham Hotspur, the defence has been a real issue this season.

Liverpool has lacked proper reinforcements in the backline, which often drove in a series of criticism for the manager. There were calls for the sacking of Jurgen Klopp, following an embarrassing defeat against Leicester City in the EFL cup.

Last weekend, Liverpool once again failed to register a victory, against newly promoted Newcastle United, managed by former boss Rafa Benitez. Following a sensational goal from Philipe Coutinho, the Reds kept spurning chances with striker Daniel Sturridge looking completely out-of-sorts. However, their backline messed up once again, as Dejan Lovren failed to mark Joselu for Newcastle’s equalizer.

Frustration was the word coach Jurgen Klopp used in the press conference after the game and rightly so! The team is looking completely frustrated with things not really going in their direction at all. However, with the club football taking a hiatus next week, thanks a week full of international fixtures, it will give Jurgen Klopp some valuable time to boost the players’ confidence and instil cohesion to build a unified whole.

In fact, Liverpool’s fate in the next few months will depend on how they act during the International break. Lots of players have been sent to International duty but Klopp will have more than enough players to deal with during the break.

The defensive mishaps need to be addressed if they are to start picking up points in important games while dipping form of Daniel Sturridge is a cause for concern. It will be interesting to how the German coach manages to tackle all his problems at Liverpool right now, amidst all the speculation surrounding his possible demise as the Liverpool head coach. Only time will tell!

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