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Where Liverpool Need To Strengthen To Recover From Embarrassing Premier League Start

Last season, the season before and the season before that even, it seemed that the Premier League was simply becoming a competition for the top spot between two clubs, whilst the others fought over the rest. Liverpool and Manchester City were the teams to beat… De Bruyne v Salah… Pep v Klopp - the Blues v the Reds.

However, whilst Manchester City has got off to a great start, unfortunately, it seems that the biggest red-shirt-wearing team competitor that they have this year is the Gunners. But where is Liverpool FC and what is the problem? They may be doing pretty well in Europe, but struggling in their home league. Now, It seems that no verified gambling websites will have them as front-runners this year - and even Jurgen Klopp has given up on the win already.

Holes in the Team Sheet

Unfortunately, many fans were sad to say goodbye to Sadio Mane, the Senagalese player that seemed to make a hobby out of scoring goals for the team. He and Salah, between them - and with a little help from Firmino, terrorised the opposition's defence. If you don't already know about how impactful Sadio Mane was for Liverpool, then get to know.

They have also been plagued with injuries. The squad has made some excellent signings, but these players are still young and need time to settle - new systems and new players always need a little time to cook, but what happens in the meantime? The good news is that the January transfer window is coming soon, which means they can make inroads into filling some of the holes in their team sheet. If they get it right, they may not be able to get the top spot, but there is yet still time to fight for a top-4 finish.

Centre Back

Defence seems to have been an issue - especially at the beginning of the game. Unfortunately, the team doesn’t seem to wake up until 10 minutes in and often they have already gone down a goal by then. They have already conceded 15 goals in their first 12 games of the season and it’s hurting them

Although Van Dijk is considered one of the best defenders in the league in recent years, his form this year has been questionable. However, he is still hopeful to turn it around - but given he is 31 and Matip is 30, this is still a position that needs investment. They have also had a few injury woes with Konate and Joe Gomez. Names being thrown around include Southampton’s Armel Bella Kotchap and Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig.

Right Back

Alexander-Arnold has been a solid player for the team, but his weaknesses have been exposed recently. He struggled against Arsenal before injury saved him from even more embarrassment. Although he is great on the attack, his defence is hit-and-miss at best. It may be that he makes a move to mid-field where they can exploit his attacking ability and get a stronger defender in that position. Possible replacements include Calvin Ramsay or Sacha Boey from Galatasaray.

Defensive Midfielder

This is essential to their improvement, with Fabinho and Henderson both struggling at the start of this season. Meanwhile, Milner, Keita and Oxlade Chamberlain all have their contracts coming to an end at the close of the season. They made moves for Aurelien Tchouameni but it didn't come off. They are said to be looking at Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.

Attacking Midfielder

They never really replaced Coutinho after selling him in 2018 - and their strength has come from full-backs such as Robertson and Alexander-Arnold. However, they haven’t been on top of their game and other players need to step in and help. They have some exciting prospects in the shape of Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliot, but right now they need more experience - which could come with the signing of a player such as James Maddison of Leicester City or go for a more premium play such as Jude Bellingham, a signing they would have to battle Man City and Real Madrid for.

Winger

The team spent big on Diaz and then on Nunez and they have strengthened the side. They do have Salah still, but he needs to up his game and get back to the player we know and love. There has been a lot resting on his shoulders in the past few years and a little help along with a bit of rest could make a big difference.

So, whilst ‘embarrassing’ is a strong word, they have certainly had some troubles. But we have faith in Klopp and his men in red. Let’s hope they find what they need and prove everyone wrong in the next part of the season.

 

Written by Alan Spencer

 

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