Four Reasons Behind Liverpool’s Inconsistency

Four Reasons Behind Liverpool’s Inconsistency

Liverpool’s loss to Swansea last weekend highlighted their inability to maintain high performances levels for extended periods of time.

Inconsistency is one thing that has become synonymous with the Reds in the past, this season, though, seems to have reached a new height on that front.

Klopp’s side has secured wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, yet they’ve succumbed to defeats against Swansea, Bournemouth and Burnley, thus leaving fans unhappy, and most of all, delivering a huge blow to their title hopes.

The foibles at Liverpool are evident. They can put in a world-class performance against the top teams, but play languid football against the sides in the league’s lower echelons. It’s high time Klopp ended Liverpool’s streak of consistency – but to do that, he’ll have to fix the problems that contribute to the periodic dip in form.

On that note, here are four reasons behind Liverpool’s inconsistency

Defensive Problems

Liverpool have had to rely on their attack to keep them in games on many occasions this season due to their porous defence. To say Liverpool have defensive problems would be a massive understatement.

The Reds have been plagued by issues at the back for the past few years, and it’s one of the main reasons they’ve been unable to get their hands on a league title since 1990.

Matip has proven to be Liverpool’s only reliable defender with the likes of Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren putting in below-par showings on most matchdays only for the Reds to win games by outscoring their opponents.

Against Swansea, Liverpool’s backline failed to deal with the threat posed by Fernando Llorente who scored two goals that could’ve been prevented if the back-four had reacted to the impending danger in an apt manner.

Squad Depth

Liverpool’s squad depth is non-existent, and it has proven to be the basis of some of their disheartening defeats and poor performances this season. The team has lacked ingenuity since Sadio Mane’s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this month.

The Senegal international’s absence has hurt the team. With Liverpool lacking a direct replacement for Mane, their goal threat will be significantly reduced until he returns from international duty.

A fraction of Liverpool’s substitute options such as the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn are far too young and inexperienced to make an impact in important games; similarly, Lucas Leiva has been lacklustre when called upon this season.

Liverpool’s lack of strength in depth is a major reason for their perpetual inconsistency, and Klopp needs to acquire quality players in a bid to resolve the problem.

No Focal Point

Liverpool have become accustomed to utilising a false nine following Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings’ injury problems. The former is fully fit at the moment, but has still found chances few and far between due to Jurgen Klopp’s preferred style of play.

The German tactician needs to tweak his tactics a little bit in a bid to accommodate an out-an-out striker who would feature on a regular basis. Sturridge can’t be relied upon due to his injury proneness; however, Klopp could look to the summer transfer window to acquire a striker capable of assuming the mantle of the team’s primary goal outlet.

Liverpool’s lack of a focal point in the attacking third has caused the midfielders to prioritise hitting the back of the net, when they should really be focused on orchestrating play and controlling the tempo of games.

Teams very rarely win trophies whilst deploying false 9’s, thus, Klopp needs to introduce a striker to the fray.

Style of Play

Liverpool’s predominant playing style often sees them attack their opponents with a very high-intensity. That system, in itself, causes players to get fatigued after a particular run of games due to the tempo at which they play.

Liverpool’s lack of squad depth also haunts them here, Mainly because most of the usual mainstays in the team don’t have direct replacements for when they’re tired, unfit and injured.

Klopp needs to introduce variations to the Reds’ system in a bid to allow the players to contribute to a particular stage of play, thus, allowing players to preserve their energy rather than having to overexert themselves week-in-week-out.

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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