Upside down since the start of 2023, swept away at Brighton this weekend (3-0), Liverpool is completely dropped by the top 4 of the Premier League and is simply having its worst season since the arrival of Jürgen Klopp, at the time of find Wolverhampton in a support match of the 3rd round of the Cup, this Tuesday (8:45 p.m.). What if the German technician had lost the recipe?
01/17/2023 at 8:45 p.m.
In almost ten years of career between the Championship and the Premier League exclusively under the colors of Brighton, Solly March had never had the chance to shake the strings twice in the same match. At 28, the left-hander has finally fixed this anomaly. And the former England international hopeful had chosen his day well, since it was against Liverpool FC of Jürgen Klopp, this Saturday, that he distinguished himself. A Liverpool finalist in the Champions League last May, a Liverpool which scored 92 points in the league last season, but a Liverpool which no longer looks like much in this year 2023. This is how March, in five minutes after returning from the locker room, made the Reds twice by taking advantage of the generosity of a rearguard overwhelmed by events. And that, before Danny Welbeck seals the debates with an exceptional sequence (on a service from… Solly March) so that the victory of the Seagulls turns into a small spanking (3-0).
Being humiliated in 2023 by a 32-year-old Welbeck is traumatic enough, but it’s the least of Mersey men’s worries in these troubled times. While the Liverpuldiens had signed two successes in a row before the end of the calendar year (3-1 on the lawn of Aston Villa and 2-1 against Leicester), they have not yet known victory since the day of the year and have just suffered two defeats in the Premier League, conceding on this occasion six goals in 180 minutes against Brentford (3-1, match during which Ibrahima Konaté had faltered) and Brighton, two teams which are now just ahead LFC (9e with matches behind some competitors) in the standings. If we add to that his defeats at Nottingham (1-0) and against Leeds (1-2) in October, or his inability, with his standard team, to overcome the wolves in the Cup a week and a half ago (2-2) with a strawberry Alisson, the chaotic season the club went through at the live bird asks questions. The Reds have already lost six times this season in the Premier League, having only lost twice last season. In terms of points (28) and goals scored (34) and conceded (25) after 18 days, this is the worst season of the Klopp era. And it would be too easy to explain all these evils simply by the awkwardness of Darwin Núñez – moreover absent last weekend – or the glitches of certain executives (Luis Díaz, Diogo Jota, or more recently Virgil van Dijk).
” Bad. Really bad. I can’t remember a worse game. It was a very organized team against a very unorganized teamrailed Jürgen Klopp after the last copy made by his flock, against Alexis Mac Allister and others. The same players have delivered outstanding matches before, but if things aren’t organized properly, then it can look like this. It’s my responsibility, I know that. » The players have not changed (except that the precious Sadio Mané has been replaced by Núñez, that Cody Gakpo has just put down his bags in Merseyside against 42 potatoes and that players like Fábio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott have emerged ), the game pattern either (a 4-3-3 which sometimes turns into 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1), but the mix, this season, does not take.
0.13 – Liverpool have allowed opponents the highest non-penalty xG average per shot (0.13) in the Premier League so far this season. Gaps.@SamMcGuire90 analyzes the Opta data for @OptaAnalyst on how their midfield could be the reason behind their struggles. ?
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 10, 2023
Top scorer in the championship in 2021-2022 (23, like Heung-min Son) Mohamed Salah remains stuck at seven goals this season, behind players like Miguel Almirón or Rodrigo, and tied with a Roberto Firmino who is said on the end. PL’s best passer (12 units) with the Egyptian last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold has completely stopped his distribution of gifts. The midfield trio of Thiago Alcántara, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson now seem out of the game, Reds lose the duels they won before, and the fierce counter-pressing that was their strength in the past has lost its effectiveness. “It’s a real difficult moment for us as a team” the captain admitted after the Falmer Stadium massacre, adding that he and his players did not feel “not well, as you can imagine. Almost exhausted, more confident – you can see it when we play – energy level down, everything. » The supporters of ‘Pool had better take advantage of the C1 (8e to come against Real on February 21), because the little music may well not sound at Anfield next season.
By Jeremy Baron