Seventh place, 22 points behind leader ManCity and for the first time in Liverpool history five home defeats in a row – this is what it looks like after the 0-1 defeat against Chelsea on Thursday. Jürgen Klopp’s team could not celebrate a victory at home in 2021. The impressive series of 68 league home games without defeat has long been forgotten.
Against Chelsea, Liverpool’s Achilles heel is once again noticeable. With the only goal of the evening, the “Reds” backers Mason Mount left too much time and space on the edge of the box to skilfully slip the ball into the far corner. It is clear that there is a lack of the necessary consistency. Klopp already had 19 (!) Different pairs of central defenders this season because of the injuries.
While the “Blues” under Thomas Tuchel are still unbeaten and are fourth in a Champions League place, Liverpool threatens to slide even further. Tottenham and Aston Villa could pass the reigning champion to ninth place after their catch-up games.
Problem not just on the defensive
Not only at the back it doesn’t work anymore. The Liverpool attack is now stalling on Anfield Road. Only two goals resulted from the last five games at home. The substitution of Mo Salah in the 62nd minute, when the home side are already 0: 1 behind, can be interpreted as a symbol for this.
The Egyptian makes way for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but not without making his displeasure clear. As he leaves the field, he shakes his head and walks past his trainer without looking at him.
Liverpool legend and “Sky Sports” expert Jamie Carragher draws a clear conclusion: “You are not quite sure where the goals will come from. I couldn’t believe Salah was being replaced. Taking out the top scorer was strange. “
Salah consultant reports on Twitter
The advisor to the ex-Basel is also causing a stir among the fans on Twitter after the game. He posted a cryptic one-point tweet – enough for fans to question Salah’s satisfaction with Liverpool.
For “Kloppo”, however, this is not an issue: “I am happy when the boys are disappointed to leave the field, that is not a problem.” He replaced Salah because he didn’t want to risk anything as the striker no longer looked fresh.
With Fulham they will receive their next opponent on Sunday (3 p.m.) – a supposedly easier one on paper. (smi)