It looks like Liverpool can’t wait for this season to end and we are only halfway April. The exit from Sadio Mané, the injury from Luis Díaz and the low performing from the new signings are the main causes for Jürgen’s Klopp squad shipwreck. Nevertheless, the German coach is expected to be at Anfield’s bench next season.
Their season is worrying, as they are 8th in the Premier League and 12 points away from the Champions League spots. They also fell to Real Madrid in the round of 16 and showed their worst possible level.
The causes for this negative outcomes are cristal clear. The first one, already mentioned above, is the injury of Mané. He is a player that provided goals and assists, and also improved the performing from his own teammates.
The Senegalese scored 16 goals last season and averaged 1.38 successful dribbles and 1.94 shots per game, only in the Premier League. Numbers prove that he was a real trouble for the opposite defenses.
Another key factor is the absence from Colombian Luis Díaz, a very fast and dangerous player offensively. The ex-player for Porto joined in last season in the winter transfer market and his adaptation was immediate. He scored four goals in the league and, in addition, he averaged 2.38 successful dribbles per game. He was great at generating spaces and destroying defenses for Klopp.
To the absence of Díaz, we must also add the low performing from Darwin Núñez. The Uruguayan only scored eight goals in the Premier League and four in the Champions League, which makes a total of 12 goals after costing 75 million euros. The truth is that his performing is not that worrying, as he has proven that he has qualities to succeed at Anfield.
Apart from the signing of Darwin, Cody Gakpo’s addition neither offered an immediate performing. It seems like the Dutchman is still settling down and can give way more. The ex-player for PSV joined in the winter transfer market for 50 million euros after having a great World Cup. His numbers at not that bad: four goals in 12 games in the Premier League, but he has talent and conditions to provide way more to Klopp’s squad.
And it that was not enough, Liverpool also suffered the absence of Stefan Bajčetić. The Galician midfielder was being one of the few good news of the season, but an injury forced him to miss the rest of the year. The ex-player for Celta is a very completed and promising footballer. They have great confidence on him at Anfield, as he is only 18.
On the other hand, during this season, it has not only being about the signings, as there are also key players from previous seasons that have not performed their best. That is the case of Joe Gómez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Englishman central defender has made lack of concentration mistakes that are improper from such a top player. In addition, Trent has been surpassed defensively in many games. In fact, their game against Real Madrid was a disaster.
The ‘Reds’ must now start thinking on next season. One of their main tasks on the table is to strengthen the midfield, as that area is definitely not working out due to the injuries from Thiago, Fabinho’s role as a pure midfielder, the poor season from Henderson and the fact that Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliot have not settled down yet.
Arthur Melo is expected to leave and Mason Mount might be an option, as Klopp has even admitted at a press conference that Jude Bellingham is out of reach for Liverpool due to his high price.
Liverpool are a great club with a great coach. However, it is true that right now they do not have the financial muscle like other English clubs do and they will not be in the Champions League next season, which can certainly make them a less attractive destination for new signings.
Nevertheless, Jürgen Klopp is the right man to bring this team back to the top level, but now we must see how they strengthen themselves this summer and how current injured playwrs perform once they are back on the field.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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