Liverpool finish in top four

How Liverpool Can Make It Into The Top Four

Liverpool started the 2015/16 Premier League campaign in an exquisite manner as they secured a 3-4 win against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal team who seemed to be completely in awe of the attacking proficiency of Jurgen Klopp’s new-look Liverpool side thanks to their utilisation of Klopp’s gegenpressing system.

After the opening day of the season, Liverpool looked like genuine top four contenders; It’s also fair to say that they appeared to be gunning for the title, but their recent form suggests otherwise.

Related Article: Hull City on the rise

They succumbed to an embarrassing defeat against Burnley in a game they were expected to dominate and win with relative ease but instead, The Reds conceded two goals and scored none.

It’s evident that Liverpool is being plagued by inconsistency, which is surprising because the club had been battling constant dips in form long before Jurgen Klopp arrived at the club.

In hindsight, the 2014 season seemed to be the end of Liverpool’s misfortunes, but the team failed to replicate their impressive title bid . Hence they went back to being a mid-table side with a large trophy cabinet.

Klopp is supposed to be the manager that will return the glory days back to Anfield, judging bu his track record he’s obviously the real deal, but how far he can take Liverpool in his first full season in charge, is somewhat dependent on how soon he can put an end to Liverpool’s long-standing inconsistency.

Grabbing a victory over Arsenal one week and losing to Burnley the next is not how a club keen on making it into the top four should approach the League; Klopp is a man with a plan.

He’s trying to get his current group of players accustomed to his preferred tactics, but before Liverpool can reap the benefits of that there are some things Klopp needs to address which in turn could solve Liverpool’s inconsistency, hence without further ado let’s have a look at the areas Liverpool need to address;

Incoming and Outgoing transfers

Liverpool seems to have a knack for acquiring the services of flops who eventually fail to settle into the style of play at Anfield. The likes of Andy Carroll, Lazar Markovic and Benteke are prime examples of Liverpool’s failed transfer forays with the trio proving to be part of an exclusive list which features Liverpool’s worst forays into the transfer market.

Luis Suarez is arguably Liverpool’s best and most inspiring signing within the last five years as he took the Premier League by storm before going on to dominate the La Liga with Barcelona.

Related Article: Can Chelsea Crown Premier League Champions

Liverpool needs to make more Suarez-type signings, players that can make a real difference, not just players that make up numbers in the squad which is seemingly the sort of players that have arrived at Anfield recently, with only Klopp’s latest signings being the exception that fact.

The Merseyside outfit also needs to offload certain players who are detrimental to the overall performance of the team.

Defensive Stability

The defensive aspect of Liverpool’s game has been overlooked for far too long with the Reds suffering from their incompetent back four already this season.

Last season Liverpool made some defensive errors which led to goals, and that streak seems to have found its way into their new campaign.

Alberto Moreno has been criticised for his below par performances so far this season; he’s Liverpool’s central defensive liability due to his inability to track opposition runs and hold his line when facing a quick succession of attacking moves and build-up play from the opposition.

Klopp’s decision to replace Moreno with Milner was certainly a knee-jerk one hence giving Liverpool fans reason to believe that the team’s defensive set-up is in utter shambles.

Klopp needs to bring in a decent left-back before the transfer window shuts close in a bid to make the defence sturdier, stringent and less error prone.

A large part of the team’s defensive problems can be attributed to the lack of communication between midfielders and defenders which often leaves a huge gap for the opposition to exploit.

Jordan Henderson needs to get his act together or else he should be dropped by Klopp as he’s been all but useful in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield this term.

Klopp’s Tactical Advocacy

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp utilises a system known as gegenpressing which involves high-intensity play. The tactic worked very well in the Bundesliga, but in a League such as the EPL where every team is hard to break down, Klopp’s tactical advocacy doesn’t work as well as it’s supposed to.

The solution to that, though, is for Klopp to build the team across the three departments on the pitch.

At the moment everything appears to begin and end with Coutinho, Lovren and Clyne, but in order to maximise the usefulness of the tactic, Klopp needs to involve more players at both ends of the pitch, but for that to work the players need to be at the very top of their game.

This season is crucial for Liverpool going forward as it would give the football world an insight as to whether the team has what it takes to make it back to the pinnacle of English and European football.

Their fall from grace many seasons ago hasn’t been reversed just yet, but a top four finish this term could serve as a foreshadowing of what is yet to come.

About the Author Moha

Hardcore fun of the beautiful game. Played soccer for different clubs in my country before hanging up my boots. Now writer for My Soccer HQ

Leave a Comment: