Liverpool legend: Why Jurgen Klopp’s men shouldn’t be written off in title race
John Aldridge believes Liverpool's 4-3 loss to Bournemouth could actually make Jurgen Klopp's side stronger in the title race
John Aldridge believes Liverpool could actually be stronger in the title race despite their 4-3 loss at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds managed to surrender a two-goal cushion twice to lose to Eddie Howe’s for the first time at the Vitality Stadium on the south coast.
Goals from Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Emre Can proved insufficient in their quest for back-to-back Premier League victories.
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and four points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 14 games in 2016-17 season so far.
The Merseyside outfit have only lost to Burnley and Bournemouth in the current Premier League campaign after an impressive start to the season.
However, former Liverpool striker Aldridge believes their opponents could come out of their shell more after watching Bournemouth dismantling their defence, which could help Jurgen Klopp’s side.
“Don’t be writing off Liverpool off the back of this. It might actually help them in the long run,” Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
“Other teams will look at that on Sunday and think they’ve been giving us too much respect. They’ll think they can get at Liverpool. They’ll think: ‘This is Liverpool at Bournemouth, we can cause them problems’.
“That might help us, you know. Teams have been terrified against us and sat back, but they might fancy a go at us now. We scored three times without Philippe Coutinho and won’t be conceding four every week.
“We collapsed, fair enough. Teams will see that and think we will do that every week. They’re welcome to have a go, because we know what happens if Liverpool get space.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season after Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.