Reds legend John Aldridge believes Jurgen Klopp’s side must improve on the way they approach packed defences after failing to break down Manchester United on Monday night.
The former striker highlighted the uncertainty amongst the Liverpool players that made it difficult for them to build any real momentum in the game.
In his column for the Liverpool Echo, he said: “Liverpool have to learn how to deal with such opponents, because they can expect West Brom to approach the game in exactly the same way on Saturday.”
“They were missing a cool head, they were jittery and were nervy. A couple of players were scared to get on the ball in the first half and, as I said, it was as though the occasion got to them.”
It took until the second half for Liverpool to get going and, even then, we struggled to create many clear cut chances.
Adam Lallana’s introduction as a substitute brought about the only occasions in which we were able to start breaching the ten United players that sat behind the ball.
The inability to break down a defensive setup like this was also seen during the 2-0 loss against Burnley earlier in the season and is thereby something that certainly needs to be addressed.
It was an unusual performance by Liverpool’s standards this season but perhaps a timely reminder that we aren’t going to blow every team away this season and that we have to be more intelligent with the way we use the ball in the final third.