Jurgen Klopp’s Potential Predicament Ahead of New Premier League Season! Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool face a potential predicament ahead of the new Premier League season. These potential frailties were exposed when the EPL resumed on June 17 after lockdown. The newly crowned champions looked nothing like it as they stumbled to the finish line.
Perhaps the overwhelming emotion of claiming their first league title after 30 years took over the feeling of worry, as Liverpool looked very unconvincing. Liverpool lost to Man City and Arsenal while dropping points against Everton and Crystal Palace.
Last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal on penalties in the F.A Community Shield was once again proof that teams have smartened up to Liverpool’s style of play.
When introduced by Jurgen Klopp in the 2018/2019 season, much opposition were baffled by Liverpool’s high flying full backs providing the team’s creativity and width, while the midfield men always remained sturdy and dynamic. This meant that wingers Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah became inverted strikers, with Roberto Firmino dropping into midfield and providing the creativity that lacks from midfield.
This style of play saw Liverpool become European Champions, World Champions and eventually English Champions. However, it seems as if opposition sides have wised up to Liverpool’s creativity coming from Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander Arnold.
Liverpool’s most creative midfield option, Naby Keita cannot force himself into the starting XI. This is because if the successes Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson have had in these positions. However, Liverpool’s constant link with midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara means that the Liverpool hierarchy have become aware of what could become an issue in the middle of the park.
For all intense and purposes, Liverpool seem solid in defence and attack, but look quite rigid in the middle of the park, where the desperately need creative influence.
Should the English Champions fail to get the services of Thiago Alcantara, then Naby Keita would be needed more than ever in order for Liverpool to continue fighting for the best prizes club football has to offer.