3 reasons for Liverpool’s mid-season meltdown

Despite the rocking start to this season under Jürgen Klopp during the Christmas and January period they have suffered from an embarrassing run of form which must be rendering Liverpool fans insane. How can Klopp’s players go from brushing team to team aside with a bundle of goals to struggling to hit the barn door? Their recent loss against Hull has further highlights the problems Liverpool have. But what are the real reasons behind their demise? Let’s take a look.

Pressure Overload

It’s no secret that Klopp loves to play high intensity football from the top of the field. We saw this at Dortmund and we have seen him successfully implement this tactic at Liverpool up until recently. The only weakness to this tactic is player fatigue. Arguably Liverpool do not have the same squad depth that Dortmund did when Klopp was in charge which means the key players are becoming tired much quicker than they should. The busy Christmas period means this has taken its toll on the squad. Up until recently Liverpool were both domestic competitions. They had two legs in the league cup semi-final against Southampton which almost all clubs don’t have to deal with as well as the FA Cup and a replay which saw another extra game added to their already congested fixture list. It’s only possible to play high intensity football for a certain amount of time and that time has certainly ended. Klopp must resort to other ways of playing football or rotate the team more efficiently to let key players rest. [Read more…]


Are Everton a stronger outfit than rivals Liverpool?

Liverpool and Everton has both always been huge clubs in English football history. Liverpool can always boast about the amount of success they have in terms of trophies, including five Champions League titles, but Everton have won their fair share of domestic trophies and are currently the longest reigning team in the Premier League. Liverpool last won the league title in 1990 and that seems a very long time ago now, but have come a close 2nd on a couple of occasions in the last decade.

The most recent was in the 2008/2009 season where Liverpool finished four points behind Manchester United. Since then, Liverpool has been on a decline and finds themselves further and further behind first place. Last season they finished in 8th position, even behind rivals Everton.

Going into this season, Liverpool first hopes and perhaps even remaining hopes was to finish in the top four, and reach Champions League football once again. In their first 5 matches, they have yet to find a win. They have had three home games, albeit against top sides, they have picked up just one point. In their two away games, they have picked up another point, as they sit in the relegation zone one month after the Premier League has started. Everton on the other hand have had a flying start to the season.

If you ignore their recent exit in the Capital One Cup to Leeds, they have been almost flawless in the league. They started their campaign by beating Manchester United, before cruising to victory at Aston Villa one week later. They had lost to West Brom, but bounced back with two decent performances and find themselves on 10 points, 8 more than Liverpool, and sit 3rd place in the table.

Who will finish higher between these two clubs this season then? Liverpool can’t buy a win at the moment, and struggling to find goals at the moment. Suarez is their only out and out forward, so they have no back up if he was to get injured. Everton have always had little funds, and even more so in recent seasons. David Moyes has done a splendid task but assembling a great squad at Everton this year. Jelavic starts his first full season, and has Belgium players Fellaini, one of the players of the season so far, and new signing Mirallas to support a dangerous looking front line. Stephen Pienarr’s return to Goodison Park looks a great one for the fans, as he continues to look impressive with fantastic vision and passion, and the ability to carry the ball. Everton have been solid defensively, and Baines at left back looks a top player at the moment.

It’s hard to say they have a better squad than Liverpool, but there seems a lot more positive energy in the Everton side than there is in the Liverpool side. Everton lost to Liverpool in all three matches last season, including the FA Cup semi, but it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top in the head to head this year, and who will be leading the biggest challenge for the European places in the league this year.