CM – John Aldridge: No more excuses – Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp are only responsible for the bad season


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Liverpool imploded amid a sad story that was not helped by injuries to big players

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Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp insists they can’t complain about the end of their league this season (Isabel Infantes / PA)

John Aldridge

Many Liverpool fans groaned when Manchester United Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer picked a second team for Leicester on Tuesday night but I think they missed the point.

Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford on Thursday night to play the rescheduled Premier League game. Hopes for a Top 4 result hang on a thread after Leicester’s win against United brought qualification for next season’s Champions League a big step closer.

Still, Liverpool can’t put an accusatory finger on Solskjaer or United show and grumble that they are getting a raw deal or moan that the pitch is uneven.

No, this is the story of a Liverpool side who haven’t played too often this season, playing six games in a row Anfield has lost and is in a bad position with four games to play.

Obviously it would have been great for Liverpool if Solskjaer had played their first choice line-up and deducted points from a Leicester team, the one the main challenger of Liverpool for a top 4 result, the other of course Chelsea.

The fact that Liverpool are (of all things Manchester Unite d!) Relying on Manchester United to qualify for the Champions League underscores the bigger problem.

This wasn’t a United manager who believed he could sew Liverpool together by pouring out his reserves and making sure they don’t play in Europe’s biggest competition next season.

Solskjaer probably doesn’t care whether or not Liverpool play in the Champions League, as his priority has to be Manchester United and he played a game at Aston Villa on Sunday, he had to shake up his team for the game in Leicester.

Maybe he’s got things with him The ten changes he made and some of the young players who started taking it to extreme levels, but Leicester had yet to win the game and if they eventually get into the top four, good luck to them. Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester players have been great this season, exceeding their weight and establishing themselves in the top four throughout the campaign.

Meanwhile, Liverpool imploded amid a sad history that was not helped by injuries to great players and the absence of the influential Anfield crowd.

They are all just excuses, however, because only then will this Liverpool side become themselves be to blame if she plays in the Europa League in September.

The last game against Southampton last Saturday again highlighted the problem that undermined their efforts in 2021 and it is not due to the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez on defense.

The big problem now is at the other end of the field as Liverpool have created enough chances to win games by a wide margin that they ultimately drew or lost.

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To work out clear chances was no problem for Klopp’s team, but the attacking players in the team didn’t take advantage of the opportunities and it cost them a lot of money.

Mohamed Salah has maybe 20 goals in the this season Premier League but has missed just as many opportunities to double that record. Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane have also missed a lot of scoring opportunities and Roberto Firmino has only scored 15 goals in his last 72 games in the Premier League, which is not enough for a leading striker on a Liverpool team.

Against a United side, who have done well against Liverpool lately, the attacking players in Klopp’s line-up tonight will have to take their risk or they will be penalized at the other end.

Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips will likely play in the center of defense, and United’s strong line of strikers will cause them problems. Therefore, goals are needed so that Liverpool and Klopp cannot rely on their strikers.

For the past two seasons, Liverpool have been clinical in front of goal and the rewards poured into profitability as they became a winning machine that made glory won the Champions League and the Premier League.

Now there is uncertainty at the top of the team and it is a problem that Klopp will have to solve with the signing of a new striker this summer in order to mess things up.

The participation in the Europa League is hindering Liverpool’s ability to attract top players but they can’t give up on that goal until it’s out of reach.

Klopp’s team hasn’t played well at Old Trafford in a while so they have to go out and make a statement that they are still ready for this fight.

The reality could be that much of the filling has been knocked out of them by the events of the past few months, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they fall short on Thursday evening. </ Like most Liverpool fans, they could be forgiven for wanting to end this miserable season as it has long been torture to watch this team get lost.

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