When the final whistle blew at the King Power, the cause for alarm at Liverpool became incredibly real as the away end’s disgruntled murmurs turned into unmistakable booing.
A 2-0 loss at the hands of Leicester City saw the Reds drop out of the Carabao Cup in the third round. This comes on the back of failing to beat Burnley at home, which caused a great deal of frustration amongst the Anfield faithful. Many of the Liverpool fans would have been discussing just what is going on with Klopp’s men as they made their way up the M6 after another painful loss.
You don’t have to have your UEFA coaching license to realise that Liverpool’s problems start and end at the back. They have played 5 games in the Premier League and have already shipped 9 goals. Conceding on average 1.8 goals a game will result in 68.4 goals being scored against a team after a 38 game season. When Sunderland finished bottom of the league last year, they had conceded 69 goals.
Liverpool have far too many world-class options up front to be dragged into a relegation fight. The likes of Firmino, Salah, and Mane will keep Liverpool from falling into complete disarray. That being said, hovering around 9th during the season will make for a very uncomfortable atmosphere at Anfield. Whilst Liverpool won’t be fighting for their Premier League lives, it is very hard to see them anywhere near the top of the table; they are placed at 25/1 in football betting to win the league by bet365.
In Klopp, they have one of the more astute football brains calling the shots from the dugout. The problem seems to be not with him but with the inactivity during the summer transfer window. Looking at the situation now it is easy to see that Virgil van Dijk would have made a seismic difference at the back for Liverpool.
Southampton chose to keep hold of him and Liverpool are currently paying the price for their decision to. That back four is crying out for a leader who will take responsibility when balls are swung into the 18-yard area. Every time a set piece is drifted into the Liverpool box, you can sense a collective gasp from their fans.
The Phillipe Coutinho situation has undoubtedly played a part in unsettling the side and the squad as a whole seems a bit vulnerable at present. The diminutive Brazilian clearly wants out and all the signs seem to point towards a January exit should Barca come calling again. Liverpool may not reject their £118m bid this time around.
It is early days and the Premier League still has a mammoth 33 games to go. Liverpool may have to pick up points where they can and then have a splurge for a defender or two in the January transfer market. The damage may well and truly be done by then though as all hopes of the title and Champions League football could have gone by the winter.