It seems everyone has an opinion on what must change at Liverpool and that is perfectly fine but it is a matter of ‘easier said than done’ for Jurgen Klopp and his players at the moment.
The idea that the emphatic win against Tottenham had restored confidence amongst the players was quickly disproved during Monday night’s disappointing defeat to Leicester. Rarely have we seen those in Red look so uninspired and puzzled as to how to deal with the opposition.
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has had his say on what Klopp must learn in order for this team to progress.
“Something’s got to change, because if they carry on like this things will get a lot worse,” Hamann told Paddy Power via the Liverpool Echo.
“At this moment in time, Liverpool under Klopp are one-dimensional, that’s why they find it hard to win when things aren’t going their way.”
“The physicality and intensity is much higher in England than anywhere Jurgen Klopp has been before. You cannot outrun teams in the Premier League, full stop.”
“That’s something the players and the manager have to learn, because they can only play one way. You need to be flexible, variable and overall you must have two or three answers to the questions teams in this league will ask of you.”
“Clearly what has happened in the last seven or eight weeks – with only a single victory for the Reds in both January and February – has been pretty disastrous.”
Even if it was the intensity and the work rate that has granted us such an impressive start to the season, that was nowhere to be seen on Monday.
It has come down to the players appearing to lose belief in what they do on the ball as a result of teams working out how to stop them.
Finding that second solution and having something unique to turn to is something that is needed to compete at the top of football nowadays and a man with Klopp’s unconventional approach should be equipped to come up with this.
We have every faith that he will do just that. All in good time.