- We are halfway into the 2022/23 Premier League season, and things are not so okay at Liverpool
- Liverpool is currently sitting 10th in the Premier League table, a very unfamiliar position for the Reds
- SportsLeo looks at some things Klopp needs to change things at Anfield
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has previously said that he just witnessed the worst performance of his career when his team was humiliated 3-0 by Brighton, but a few weeks later, goal-shy Wolves achieved the same result.
The Reds would love to compete for a top-four spot in the Premier League, but they are now clinging to their flimsy prospects of participating in any European competition next season.
Liverpool needs to find some quick fixes if they want to move up the table.
Talk to his staff
In the background, Liverpool has experienced a lot. Klopp can’t do much about the majority of the prominent people who have just left Anfield, from the transfer team to the medical division.
Having said that, Klopp is influential at Liverpool. On Merseyside, the German has a lot of influence over many positions, including coaches, and may need to make some changes.
Some members of Klopp’s backroom staff may be beginning to overstay their welcome at Anfield, according to reports, and the manager may need to make some difficult choices to get the most out of his players.
Find a solution in the midfield
There is no arguing that midfield is Liverpool’s major weakness. Klopp’s three are no longer effective on either side of the ball.
Is age a factor? Due to their advancing ages—Jordan Henderson is 32, Thiago is 31 and Fabinho is 29—they may no longer be physically capable of playing Klopp’s favoured game style.
In that circumstances, additional signings might be required. There are many options for the future, such as Stefan Bajcetic and Harvey Elliott, but some stop-gap transfers might be required until the young players are prepared to take on greater responsibility.
Sort Fabinho or replace him
Even the most ardent Liverpool supporter would concede that Fabinho has given them the most cause for concern in the middle of the Liverpool midfield.
The Brazilian holding midfielder for Liverpool, who was once regarded by Casemiro as one of the best players in the world, has fallen drastically from favour and has been doing virtually little at either end of the field.
Klopp must ascertain the cause and, more crucially, the solution. Maybe Fabinho needs to take on a different position, or maybe he should sit on the bench.
Get more ruthless with matchday squad selection
With good reason, Klopp has his core group of reliable players. You can’t really blame the manager for having favourites—after all, it was Liverpool’s spine that helped him win the Premier League and the Champions League.
When those favourites are significantly out of shape, Klopp must put the team’s demands ahead of his own, even if it means upsetting those close to him.
At this stage of the problem, Klopp must be brutal. Nothing else matters; everything must be done with the intention of saving something from the campaign.
Find a plan B
After spending so much time at Liverpool, it looks as though other teams that have endured the effects of Klopp’s gegenpressing have developed his strategies.
Klopp’s system is being countered by teams, and the boss hasn’t yet discovered out how to do it. In the past, switching to 4-4-2 has been effective, but it might be time to try something more radical now.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson would be best utilized in attack by a three-man defense, which would provide additional cover for Klopp.