Anfield – From fortress to a bane of the Reds
We know that injuries play a major part in how a team performs and this has been the case for a lot of teams in Europe this season. However, what has happened to Liverpool, the defending champions of the Premier League?
Pep Guardiola and his men even in the absence of key men in Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne went to Anfield, saw, and conquered by thrashing Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 4:1.
Although Man City were favorites for a win, no one expected such a scoreline. And more so because it was a game that would decide the title contention fate of the Reds.
We could say that Liverpool are out of the title race as they currently trail the Citizens by 10 points, with the latter in red hot form and with a game in hand. In fact, the Reds are closer to falling out of the top 4 than they are to the top of the log.
Anfield has been a fortress in recent seasons under Jurgen Klopp and now would have placed a bet that it would become a venue where the Reds would continually bend over and gift maximum points to visiting sides, regardless of their quality.
This is shocking but Liverpool haven’t won in their last five Premier League games at Anfield.
It started off with consecutive draws against West Brom and Manchester United before three consecutive losses to Burnley, Brighton, and Manchester City.
They’ve scored just twice in the five games and this has played a part in their slide down the table. We thought they had recovered with wins away to West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur but it seems it’s not the case.
The Reds have now gone from title contenders to top four contenders in the space of a few weeks and this calls for concern for Jurgen Klopp and his side as they are being left for dead by those above them.
With the recent form, a finish in the top four may not materialize and the German gaffer has it all to do to ensure that his side come back firing on all cylinders.
They travel to the King Power to face Leicester City on the next matchday with a resurgent Chelsea on their heels and waiting to knock them out of the top four.
The Reds have to rediscover their mojo which made Anfield a fortress and there is very little time to do this. Failure to get back to winning ways at Anfield will ultimately cost them a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League. This is a fact!