They say you shouldn’t write about your team when you’re angry and after that abject display against Leicester, I was both furious and embarrassed. Therefore, I thought it best to take some time before reflecting on the game. Unfortunately, 48 hours has done little to quell my emotions.
I have unashamedly been an advocate of Jürgen Klopp for years and was elated at his appointment. Make no mistake, I am still delighted he is our manager and I have absolute faith that we have the right man in charge. I said shortly after he arrived that it is not going to be all be sweetness and light under him and although I saw him as a perfect fit for the club, he may not ultimately succeed. However, it will be one hell of a journey along the way, regardless of where we end up. I stand by that statement.
Long term, I have faith in Klopp; short term, I have a few nagging concerns.
Naturally, Klopp will make mistakes, all managers do, it’s a fact of life. The important to thing is to recognise those mistakes and learn from them. Fortunately, I believe Klopp is a big enough man to accept where he’s made mistakes and is of the right mind set to learn from them.
Unfortunately, in the match against Leicester we made a similar tactical mistake as we did at the same ground last season and Manchester City did there earlier in this campaign. We employed a high line that allowed Jamie Vardy to expose a lack of pace in our defence. With possession lost in midfield, it only took one straight ball and some atrocious anticipation and directional movement from Lucas for Vardy to be through on goal. Our tactical positioning allowed us to be exposed in that situation and when it happened, Lucas got it all wrong and simply didn’t have the mobility to recover. I accept that Lucas is not a centre-back and it is Klopp’s decision to employ him there, but the sad fact is that regardless of how good a servant he has been to the club, he is simply not of the required standard if Liverpool are to challenge for major honours again.
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