the reasons for a very complicated start to the season

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Faced with challenging Fulham (2-2), Crystal Palace (1-1), Manchester United (1-2), Bournemouth (9-0), Newcastle (2-1) and Everton (0-0), Liverpool did not think get away with just 9 points in the first 6 Premier League matches. Only seventh and experiencing difficulties in all their matches except the meeting against the Cherries, the Reds display a rather surprising and disturbing face compared to their very high standards. If there is no danger yet in the house and Arsenal the leader is only six points away while rival Manchester City has a 5-point lead, we will have to react in the league. Jürgen Klopp was also disappointed with the first balance sheet of this season: “It’s not really a dream situation at the moment, conceded Klopp. This is not the start we wanted. Six games and nine points, it’s not really ideal, but those are the points we have and we’ll go from there.

Moving this Wednesday on the lawn of Napoli, Liverpool will first have to use the European scene to get their heads back and solve the problems that remain unchanged at the start of the season. Benefiting from control and strong possession, the club from the banks of the Mersey has been able to capitalize on the work of recent years by changing its style of play. This is why Thiago Alcantara has also arrived on the ground English. Less unpredictable, Liverpool have bet on control and it’s not really working this season. Absences partly explain this since Thiago Alcantara who is essential in this register is currently injured. Liverpool also recruited Arthur Melo at the end of the transfer window to add a profile capable of adapting to a possession game for this reason. Able, Jordan Henderson and James Milner have also encountered difficulties in setting up the game desired by Jürgen Klopp while they excel in the rapid transition. The Reds also experienced several physical glitches with Curtis Jones, Naby Keïta, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konaté and Joël Matip missing matches at the start of the season. Admittedly, the infirmary tends to empty, but we will have to quickly raise our heads for the Reds.

The Mohamed Salah case

After the draw against Everton, Jürgen Klopp nevertheless showed hope for the future and believes in his group: “If we go through these times together, we have a chance to create better times in the future. It’s good that injured players come back, but we have to make sure we use them in the right way. » There is good news in Liverpool despite everything. Luiz Diaz (3 goals) and Roberto Firmino (3 goals and 3 offerings) are efficient while the young Fàbio Carvalho (20 years old) has adapted well to the team. Similar situation for Harvey Elliott (19) who confirms his good end to last season. In front, Darwin Núñez still lacks accuracy (2 goals and 1 offering in 4 games), but his incessant activity offers many opportunities to the Reds. However, his three-game suspension for headbutting Joachim Andersen slowed his acclimatization. The one who disappoints, however, is Mohamed Salah. Already in difficulty at the end of last season, the Egyptian does not shine as usual despite 3 goals and 3 offerings in 7 matches.

If his agreement with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the right lane remains very good, it is more complicated when he gets closer to the surface and often finds himself isolated. A situation that Jürgen Klopp wanted to put into perspective after the draw against Everton: “It’s not more than the other seasons (his very eccentric positioning editor’s note), I’m not sure what you see there. We don’t want to have that. We want to have Mo there in that position and we also want to have, and have had Mo, in central positions as well.” anyway, automatisms must be found with the loss of Sadio Mané, the downgrading of Roberto Firmino and the arrivals of Luis Diaz (last January) and Darwin Nunez for the Egyptian. Living a complicated start to the season, Liverpool especially need time and to find certainties in their game in order to restart the machine. The next matches we will confirm if it is only a slight ignition delay or a much more serious situation. The doubts are there, but there are plenty of reasons to be confident for the Reds as well.

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