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Can Liverpool keep the ‘heavy metal’ football going all season?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 7 Nov 2016

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are playing some fantastic attacking football at the moment

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are playing some fantastic attacking football at the moment

Jurgen Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ band is in full swing on Merseyside after Liverpool recorded a 6-1 win over Watford at Anfield on Sunday. It was another display of the German’s famous brand of incise attacking football.

I have to say I cannot hide my admiration for Klopp. I just wish he was in the dugout across Stanley Park, though.

At the moment his Liverpool team look unstoppable in attack. The likes of Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho are racking up goals and assists at serious rates of knots.

Klopp now has the right players

The summer signing of Sadio Mane was an expensive one. However, the Senegalese winger was just what the Reds needed. His pace aligned with Firmino, Lallana and Coutinho’s football ability make the Reds attacking quartet complete.

The quartet’s statistics for this season are impressive. Philippe Coutinho has scored five goals and produced six assists, while compatriot Roberto Firmino has scored five times and grabbed a further five assists.

A revived Lallana has also been effective in attack this season, scoring three times and creating five goals as well. Last but not least, Sadio Mane has scored six times and produced two assists.

The Reds are easily outscoring opponents at the moment. If they carry on in their current goalscoring vein they have to be considered one of the favourites to win the Premier League title.

Is their defence still vulnerable?

This is a question that most of their title rivals are hoping will be answered with a yes! If the Reds defence is not still vulnerable, then the rest of the top-flight teams are in trouble.

However, there are signs that Klopp’s team is not defensive sound just yet. Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season. The side from Merseyside have conceded more goals than any of the teams occupying the top-seven positions in the top-flight.

That surely has to be a worry for everybody connected with the Reds? No matter how well the versatile James Milner does at left-back you cannot help thinking that Liverpool need a new left-back.

Even at the heart of the backline, the Reds for me lack a dominant centre-back. Klopp’s teams at Dortmund may have played sensational football. However, Dortmund were also built on a solid defensive foundation with the likes of Mats Hummels marshalling the backline.

Liverpool do not currently have a defender in the mould of the German, though. That is maybe where the Reds will fall down this season at some point.

There inevitably will come a point when the forward players are not scoring two, three or six goals a game. That will be when Klopp’s side will need to dig in and depend on their defence to grind out results and points.

Only time will tell whether the current Liverpool defence is good enough to help the Reds to that long overdue title.

Liverpool have to be considered contenders

Liverpool are top of the Premier League table and are playing some fantastic football. The Reds have to be considered as one of the main title contenders. The Reds title odds of 5/2 illustrate just how well they are performing this season, as they are the second favourites to be champions this season.

Football is a funny old game, though, as one ex-football legend once put it. It can change very quickly. Liverpool are no doubt in top form and playing some great attacking football.

However, if their attacking players lose form and they have to depend on other players Klopp’s side may struggle for results.

For now, though Liverpool fans are basking in the glory of their team’s attacking play. I would just like to mirror Klopp in what he said about his team. CALM DOWN CALM DOWN!

Can Liverpool keep the ‘heavy metal’ football going all season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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