Martin Keown identifies what’s going wrong at Liverpool FC
The Arsenal legend discusses Liverpool FC's current form under Jurgen Klopp
Martin Keown believes Liverpool FC have lost some of their fluidity, adding that Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to see his Reds team move up a gear ahead of a big couple of weeks.
The Merseyside outfit suffered a surprise 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade in Serbia on Wednesday night, despite having emphatically dismissed their group opponents to the tune of four goals in the reverse fixture last month.
Liverpool FC were held to a 1-1 draw with Arsenal at The Emirates last weekend after James Milner’s opener was cancelled out by Alexandre Lacazette with eight minutes to go.
The Reds have only scored 21 times in 11 games in the Premier League this season, with their front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane failing to fire at the same rate as last term.
While Liverpool FC have made clear improvements to their defending in the current campaign, the Reds look to be struggling when it comes to creativity and fluidity despite some big-name signings in the summer.
Asked during his weekly column with the Daily Mail whether Liverpool FC were starting to come off the rails, the Arsenal legend replied:
“Against Arsenal, Liverpool did not have the same hunger and desire to press the ball as they usually have.
“As a result, Jurgen Klopp was not his smiling, philosophical self after the game. There was pain etched on his face.
“Liverpool’s performances of late have not been as fluid as they were last season.
“While Klopp will be pleased that his team are able to grind out narrow victories, by now he would like to see them click into gear.
“They play Fulham at home on Sunday — a game they are expected to win.
“The real test comes a fortnight on Wednesday when they to Paris Saint-Germain.”
Liverpool FC have collected 27 points from a possible 33 in their opening 11 games to leave Klopp’s side two points adrift of defending champions and current leaders Manchester City.
The Reds have only dropped points in stalemates with Arsenal, Chelsea FC and Manchester City, which is a respectable enough feat for a team with title ambitions this season.
However, Liverpool FC haven’t been able to pull apart opposition defences with the same menace as the Reds did so successfully last term.