If Liverpool didn’t have to defend, the Reds could be the very best crew on the planet. Okay, I could also be barely over exaggerated there, however they’d be a a lot better crew. Sadly, for the Merseysiders defending is a vital a part of soccer and till not too long ago, they haven’t been excellent at it.
Boss Jurgen Klopp prefers to see his crew focus on their attacking play. Nonetheless, their defensive vulnerabilities have value Klopp’s aspect an actual probability of successful the title in the previous few seasons, as their attacking choices are incredible.
It appears the tide may be altering at Liverpool. The crew are producing far improved defensive shows heading into tonight’s journey to Arsenal (hopefully I’ve jinked them with this text!). Liverpool are underdogs to win the clash at odds of 9/5.
An enchancment on the again
A defence involving Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan doesn’t precisely scream strong. It screams one thing extra akin to there’s a mistake in these two. The pair aren’t precisely world-class.
For me, Joel Matip is a barely higher defender. Nonetheless, he mustn’t escape the defensive criticism both, whereas the much less stated about Alberto Moreno the higher.
Nonetheless, for all their weaknesses in defence, Liverpool’s defensive file has improved majorly in current weeks. The Reds have now stored clear sheets in 4 of their final six video games in all competitions, conceding simply two objectives within the course of.
Klopp’s aspect additionally now have a very good defensive file on residence soil, maintaining clear sheets in six of their final eight residence video games within the top-flight.
Full-backs the important thing to enchancment
The positioning of the full-backs is among the keys to the advance within the Reds defensive file it appears. Klopp likes his full-backs to push up and play a component within the crew’s attacking play.
Nonetheless, in current video games, the full-backs Joe Gomez, Alexander Trent-Arnold and Andrew Robertson have performed in a much less adventurous vogue, whereas nonetheless supporting the attacking play once they can.
The Liverpool defensive midfielders like Jordan Henderson have been a part of the issue. Nonetheless, if the full-backs have deeper positions, then Henderson and the like don’t want to fret about overlaying them. A situation that has value the Reds factors at instances in current seasons.
Having watched Liverpool fairly a little bit of late, Andy Robertson ought to positively be the crew’s first-choice left-back. I’m not certain why Klopp determined to choose Moreno forward of the Scot for thus lengthy.
Apparently, Moreno had a good pre-season, however the Spaniard has confirmed repeatedly he’s not ok defensively. His strengths are going ahead, however they don’t seem to be sufficient to negate his lack of defensive nous.
Robertson appears to have a pleasant stability between each and has impressed me at any time when I’ve seen him play for the Reds and for Hull earlier than that.
Joe Gomez and Alexander Trent-Arnold are each very brilliant younger gamers who ought to go on to have good careers at Liverpool.
Can they maintain it tight at Arsenal?
Liverpool’s seemingly newfound defensive solidity can be totally examined on the Emirates, because the Reds tackle Arsenal. The Gunners have gained 13 of their final 14 video games within the league on their very own patch.
Nonetheless, Klopp’s aspect have been devastating in assault in current away video games within the top-flight. The Merseysiders have recorded 4 consecutive away wins within the top-flight, scoring 16 objectives within the course of.
Arsene Wenger’s aspect have conceded in simply two of their final eight residence video games on the Emirates Stadium within the top-flight. One thing has to provide in north London.
Arsenal are a harmful crew to play in opposition to on the Emirates Stadium. It will likely be majorly attention-grabbing to see if Liverpool can maintain it tight in opposition to the Gunners and maintain a clear sheet. If not then it is going to be again to the drafting board for Jurgen Klopp and his crew.
Has Klopp lastly stabilised Liverpool’s defence?