Jurgen Klopp thinks Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could have offered much more defensively against West Brom.
Firmino and Salah both scored, their 18th and 25th respective goals of the season, but the team lost 3-2 and our place in the FA Cup anyway.
Unless we win the Champions League, it’s looking like another campaign without silverware.
Klopp has indicated that we need to defend better from the front.
“These boys, we know potential wise are world class. But real world class is to bring it on the pitch again and again and again,” Klopp said when asked about the performance of his front-three.
“We had two completely different games, but especially against West Brom compared to Swansea, we needed all positions to be involved in defending.
“West Brom was not only the most experienced team age wise that’s ever played, they had quality with Rodriguez, if he wasn’t injured for two years he’d be on another level and he is in a good moment for West Brom. Robson-Kanu, hard workers in midfield, Brunt crosses from everywhere, so they are a good team.
“From that, you need to defend really in a compact formation. We were not compact. That’s the problem.
“When they played a pass for the first goal, we lost two challenges, that’s not cool. We could have defended it already. The second one is just, as a group, no good defending.
“We need to find out whether it’s a misjudgement of the City game. I don’t think so. But if it was, that needs to be finished.”
We’re a little more old-school than Klopp – and think if our forwards are scoring, they shouldn’t be blamed for the team conceding three!
The midfield was invisible though and actually improved tenfold when Jordan Henderson was introduced.
We think the skipper will be back in the side tonight for the Huddersfield clash as a result.
Now we’ve loaned out Daniel Sturridge, Klopp has little option but to basically field Mane, Salah and Firmino every game.
Let’s just hope they stay fit.