Anfield hasn't seen victory in a long time. What's going on with Liverpool?.
Since last year, Anfield have not seen a victory from their home team. Photo: IG-liverpoolfc
LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño
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2-0 against Everton. 4-1 against Manchester City. 1-0 against Brighton. 1-0 against Burnley. These have been the results of the last four Liverpool home games. Since last year, more precisely since December 16 in their game against Tottenham Hotspur, Anfield has not seen a victory for their home team. You don't have to be a soccer expert to know something is wrong with the Reds team.
LIV 0-2 EVE (FT) - El Liverpool iguala su PEOR RACHA HISTÓRICA de derrotas consecutivas como local en la Primera División de Inglaterra (4) que databa de noviembre/diciembre de 1923.— MisterChip (Alexis) (@2010MisterChip) February 20, 2021
El Everton no ganaba un partido oficial en Anfield desde hacía 22 años (0-1, el 27.09.1999).
In fact, this statistic, the four losses in a row at home, has not been experienced by the team since a losing streak in 1923. But what is happening to last year's champion?
Some people, as usual, prefer to blame the team's technical director. While it is true that Jurgen Klopp is famous for his outbursts of anger with both the press and other managers, his genius for managing a team is undeniable.
Not even the death of his own mother, who passed away on February 10 this year, was able to overcome his undeniable work ethic. In an interview where he was asked about the tragedy, he commented that: “I don't need a break. In private it has been a difficult time but I am 53, 30 years as a coach, I can divide things, I can disconnect. Nobody has to worry about me. "
Additionally, Klopp has been one of the most consistent coaches in the Premier League. The match against Manchester City was Jürgen Klopp's 205th Premier League game and marked the first time he had lost two games in a row.
An undeniable factor in analyzing Liverpool's recent losing streak is the number of important players they have injured. Would they have the same streak if players of the caliber of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, and Fabinho were available?
The absence of van Dijk is perhaps the most significant. Without their presence, Liverpool loses much of their defensive ability, as their passing game and resilience have few rivals globally.
When push comes to shove, it's hard to know what Liverpool's real problem is. Most likely, as it happens in most cases, it is a combination of factors, between the lack of defenses, the mental blow of going on a losing streak, and the pressure of repeating championships, which are preventing May the team achieves victory.
This Sunday's game against Sheffield United will serve as a reference to know which elements are temporary and which are intrinsic for the team to function.