When Jurgen Klopp succeeded former manager Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield, expectations were high from the Liverpool faithful, as they relayed on the effervescent German to bring back the glory days, and the first step in this prospect was leading Liverpool back into Top four. But with only two months left in this unusual season, it is highly probable that Klopp might fail in his primary target.
Here are five reasons to predict that Liverpool will not finish in top four of the Premier League.
- LEAKY DEFENCE
Liverpool have conceded 37 goals in the Premier League this season, which is the second-worst stat among the top 10 clubs in the League table, only Chelsea have conceded more (39). Simon Mignolet has only nine clean sheets to his credit, but the blame belongs to the shaky defence as well.
It is seen widely this season that Liverpool are scoring enough, but conceding more than enough. It is evident and shameful from the club’s visit to Carrow Road, which saw them conceding four goals though they scored five.
There is no other Premier League side this season, as inconsistent as the Merseyside Reds. Even after enduring a difficult start to the new season, they showed only moderate level of competitiveness during the mid-term of the season. The Reds surprised the football world with victories in games, they were predicted to lose. But in contrast, they shocked fans by losing games which they should be winning comfortably.
It is quite unbelievable to witness the same team which thrashed Manchester City and Aston Villa on the road, failed emphatically to save a two-goal lead to Sunderland at Anfield.
- Lack of leaders in every section
Liverpool lack decisive players in every section. It is an already decided fact that the central defensive partnership between Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren cannot keep the defence intact.
In midfield, Jordan Henderson and James Milner have succeeded in bringing spirit into the squad, but neither of the duo is a potential match winner, who could win games on regular basis.
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are the only players in the squad who are feared by the opponents.
- The First season curse
When Brendan Rodgers parted ways with Liverpool, the team was very low on morale and the tactics of the squad were too predictable. Even though fans hoped for an imminent miracle, it was a widely accepted truth that the change needs time, especially as the new manager Jurgen Klopp has not worked in England.
Pundits have cared for a ‘first season curse’, indicating the logical difficulties in bringing incredible achievements in the first season. Though it is not logical, the German’s introduction to England will need time to study the nature of English football, which means Liverpool will have to settle for a Europa position at the most.
- Tough Fixtures
Liverpool have to host Tottenham and Chelsea in the Premier League and a tricky trip to Southampton await them. They also have Europa League expedition, which will be given high priority, as winning the competition seems the only way for Liverpool to secure a Champions League spot next season