Jurgen Klopp must use training to address worrying Liverpool trend ahead of Everton
It is very difficult to find fault in what is a fierce, well-drilled and relentlessly world-class Liverpool team.
Across every aspect both on and off the pitch there is star quality coupled with an all-conquering belief that makes the Reds an incredibly daunting propspect for any football opposition.
However, before the coronavirus pandemic struck and football was halted – a slightly worrying trend had begun to creep into Jurgen Klopp’s side.
In each of their last three Premier League matches, the European champions found themselves behind.
Bournemouth opened the scoring through Callum Wilson after nine minutes before Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane struck in quick succession during the first half to see the Reds home.
Before that it was Watford who won 3-0 and West Ham who came from a goal behind to lead 2-1 before Salah and Mane restored Liverpool’s advantage.
To give that some context, the world champions had previously played 15 straight games without trailing once and they haven’t gone behind in four consecutive league match since the end of the 2015/16 season.
Indeed, Liverpool’s defence is revered as one of the finest around with the likes of Virgil van Dijk at it’s heart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson on the flanks and backed up by Alisson in goal.
Those sort of numbers, therefore, will no doubt concern the manager and the players will be aware of how important it is to stop leaking goals.
The time away from football will have given the Reds a chance to take stock after a breathless campaign to make sure they are ready to return and finish the season with the flourish it deserves.
With the return to contract training now too, Klopp will be afforded the chance to work on tactical intricacies and make tweaks to his set-up in order to make sure Liverpool’s backline is as solid as the world knows it usually is.
Everton are set to be the Reds’ first opponent back after the break with the match likely to be at Goodison Park, scheduled for the weekend of June 20-21.
And what may well be pleasing for Klopp, is that his side have restricted the Blues to just 19 shots in their last three matches at Goodison while keeping clean sheets on all three occassions too.
It would seem, therefore, like a good opportunity for Liverpool to put in a solid performance with a clean sheet to match and let every team in the Premier League know they still mean business despite having the title all but wrapped up.