Two weeks ago, it seemed like Liverpool were unstoppable. Undefeated in the Premier League, favourites to go through in the Champions League and that elite never say die mentality looked impenetrable. Now, Klopp’s side have suffered two crushing blows in the league and the UCL. The first drop off or slump of their 2019/20, a testament to how remarkable they’ve been. The question I’m asking is how will the react?
The 3 games in a row where they weren’t up to their usual high standards:
Atletico Madrid too strong to break down
The 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid to start with. Granted they didn’t get the best luck with some of refereeing decisions. However, they failed to break through Simeone’s side’s back line. Of course, Los Rojiblancos are notorious for being formidable in defence. The 2nd best defence in La Liga this season, conceding just 18 goals in 25 games. But you expect Liverpool’s front three to break through with the quality they have. Still, this was thought to be a one off, with the general consensus they would turn it around at Anfield in the 2nd leg.
Then came West Ham. Relegation threatened, uninspired and you’d expect a pushover for Klopp’s side. Easiest bet you could make. Apparently not. The visitors stunned the hosts going 2-1 up in the 54th minute. It could’ve been more with the chances they were getting. Once again, that mentality shone through with Salah and Mane scoring to complete an impressive comeback. But that’s two games in a row now, the unbeatable Reds machine has frailties. Still, they got the win and the mentality was carrying them through. Invincibility still looked in reach.
Liverpool – No longer invincible
Yet this all came crashing down yesterday at Vicarage Road. The rest of the Premier League rejoiced as Watford hammered Premier League champions to be and the best side in world football 3-0. Ismailla Sarr and Troy Deeney have become Arsenal legends overnight on Twitter! Nigel Pearson masterclass. An incredible result which surprisingly people were predicting. The cracks were exposed against the Hammers and the Hornets capitalised. The fact the rest of the country celebrated a Liverpool loss does emphasise how ridiculous they’ve been in 2019/20. But looking at the bigger picture, it will be fascinating to see how Klopp’s men react.
1 win shy of surpassing Manchester City for most consecutive top flight wins. 10 games away from going invincible and getting that gold trophy. Sadly not to be for this ridiculous well-oiled machine.
Not gold, but still the Premier League trophy
It’s not doom and gloom whatsoever. At the time of writing this, they are still an astonishing 22 points clear of Manchester City. To say the title race is back on would be ludicrous. Far too much ground to cover for City and you can’t possibly think Liverpool will bottle such a massive lead. Famous last words…
Only joking. They’ll win the trophy the red of Merseyside has longed for, for almost 30 years. But it what fashion will they end the season? Centurions is very much on, but requires similar form to before their defeat to Watford. 21 points in 10 games is quite manageable for this side. As for the treble, it’s looking difficult. Partly because of the lack of attention they’ve given to the domestic cups. But also what they will come up against at Anfield.
We know for a fact Simeone will park 6 buses in front of the Atleti goal in the 2nd leg. It’s just a question of whether Liverpool can break them down or not. To be perfectly honest, I’m leaning towards the visitors just because of their record defensively and how solid they always are. They turn up in big games and I think they’ll do it again. Just my personal opinion, feel free to agree or disagree in the comments below.
Liverpool – The wake up call they needed?
So, this is the first real test of Liverpool’s season. They’ve now gone through a mini slump and have to bounce back in order to end this Premier League season in style and keep their chances of a treble alive. With how strong the mentality and synergy is in their squad, I back them to hit 100 points. This same side (for the most part) has come back from losing a Champions League final in heartbreaking fashion to come back the following year to win it.
A couple of poor performances in the league shouldn’t really rattle them. In fact, it could be the wake up call they need to overcome Simeone’s Atletico and break Premier League records. Either way, we’ll see soon whether the mentality monsters can come back even stronger in their next few games…
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