You by no means need to be enjoying catch-up, however what Liverpool as soon as did to their opponent is precisely what they’ve fallen sufferer to, in a pattern that must be kicked to the curb.
Reds have grown accustomed to seeing Jurgen Klopp‘s aspect begin shortly, press excessive and blow the opposition away each out and in of possession.
However that has not been the case of late, with the Reds as an alternative placing themselves beneath strain by permitting their opponents to achieve the higher hand with an early lead.
It places Liverpool on the again foot from the off, as we noticed at Fulham, and it’s a behavior that has been carried over from the backend of final season to the beginning of this one.
Within the final 9 video games in all competitions, Klopp’s males have conceded the primary purpose on seven events, requiring one fightback from 1-0 down after one other.
It’s a statistic that author Joel Rabinowitz dropped at consideration on Twitter after the newest incident over the weekend.
The journey to Craven Cottage made for the fifth Premier League recreation in a row that they’ve conceded first, with Liverpool 1-0 down inside 13 minutes in three of these matches.
Fulham: 1-0 down on 32 minutes
Actual Madrid: 1-0 down on 59 minutes
Wolves: 1-0 down on 3 minutes
Southampton: 1-0 down on 13 minutes
Aston Villa: 1-0 down on 3 minutes
Tottenham: 1-0 down on 56 minutes
Villarreal: 1-0 down on 3 minutes
From these seven video games that Liverpool conceded first, they went on to make a profitable restoration 4 occasions, not inclusive of the Champions League last, in fact.
You possibly can take a look at turning 4 early setbacks into victories as a constructive however recreation administration begins from the start of the match, not solely when a lead has been acquired.
That targets have been conceded after simply three minutes in three of the final 9 video games suggests it could possibly be a mindset subject early doorways, or perhaps a tactical setup that isn’t going to plan.
It’s a far cry from the blistering begins the Reds have been famed for, and it’s a weak spot the opposition will all look to take advantage of till the problem is addressed.
Particular person lapses have additionally performed their half however they’re moments Liverpool can not proceed to reward to the opposition in what’s a protracted and taxing season.
Taking part in the comeback kings can really feel euphoric a time or two however with the Reds pushing for the title and different silverware this season, they can’t afford to reward the opposition a head begin. It’s not sustainable.
Let’s hope Fulham is the start of the tip for this specific pattern.