Liverpool Need To Gel Quickly


I always said that Liverpool’s season was going to be tougher this time around. It always happens after a successful year. You become a bigger target for other clubs. At the moment this Liverpool squad seem to be swaying under the expectation that has been placed upon them.

Then you add the fact that you are playing in the Champions League most midweeks. Teams will look at the weekend fixtures after Liverpool’s European adventures as a time to get at the Anfield outfit. Sam Allardyce said as much after his West Ham side deservedly came away with a 3-1 victory. It was the first time in four years that Liverpool have had to play a league fixture after a midweek match in Europe’s elite competition. They looked shellshocked as the Hammers went up and at them straight away and took a two goal lead inside the first ten minutes. They also lost any energy by the end of the game allowing Morgan Amalfitano to secure the victory.

A big problem for the ‘Reds’ of Merseyside has been the amount of players that have came in and departed this summer. Six first teamers have been signed up whilst four have left. Half of those that have came in have no experience in the English Premier League (EPL). That can be telling when it comes to gelling quickly.

So far in their opening five EPL games we’ve seen twenty-one different players, with Brendan Rodgers still unsure on his best team.

Obviously losing a star such as Luis Suarez adds more problems. The Uruguayan might have been unpredictable with his behaviour but his goals were invaluable as was his work-rate off the ball. Mario Balotelli is a fantastic footballer but his style is different to that of Suarez and the whole team needs to get used to his style of play as he settles in.

Now as I said, the Champions League is going to add to Liverpool’s difficulties as Rodgers has to deal with fatigue and mental draining of his players but Liverpool lost two games before their Euro campaign had begun. Losing away to Man City proved they still have problems travelling to some of the leagues bigger sides. The loss at home to Aston Villa would have been bitterly disappointing. The Reds had the lion share  of possession and produced more chances yet couldn’t trouble the Villa goalkeeper.

Against West Ham they all looked disjointed. Too many passes in the middle of the park failed to find their targets and that put more added pressure onto the defence.

I think Simon Mignolet is still unconvincing when it comes to reassuring his teammates in front of him. He needs to build a relationship with the defenders because at the moment that is a weak link. His shot-stopping is fantastic but his failure to command his penalty area looks to be causing too many nervy moments in defence. It’ll be interesting to see if Rodgers really does want Victor Valdes at Anfield once he has recovered from his injury.

It will also be interesting to see the impact new boy Adam Lallana can have on this team once he is fully fit. The English midfielder showed at Southampton that he could dictate and change games but can he do that in a liverpool shirt?

Losing three games out of the opening five, is obviously not the start the Liverpool fans were expecting this term. But if Rodgers can find his best first eleven, all the new signings can settle in at Anfield and the team can get used to the demands of playing two huge games in a week then who is to say that they cannot go on great unbeaten runs like they did last season?

Against Spurs they looked sublime, they just need to preform like that more often!


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