Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Manchester United’s excellent start to the 2017-18 season has been worrying to see.
We have taken 13 points from a possible 15 in the Premier League with 4-0 thrashings of West Ham, Swansea City and Everton, whilst we were also comfortable 3-0 winners over FC Basel in our first Champions League match of the season and 4-1 victors against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup.
During these five Premier League matches we have scored a staggering 16 goals and kept four clean sheets.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s Liverpool have won only two of their first five Premier League games, dropping points in a 3-3 draw at Watford, being thrashed 5-0 at Manchester City and then held at home 1-1 by Burnley last weekend. They were also eliminated from the EFL Cup 0-2 at Leicester City midweek.
Speaking ahead of their trip to Leicester City in the Premier League this weekend, Jurgen Klopp has shamefully admitted that our start to the season makes his job more difficult. He is quoted by Manchester Evening News as saying:
“Everywhere [is] the same but here a little bit more, of course.
“Especially when the Manchester teams are flying, that makes it even more difficult but I cannot change this.
“What I can do is cool the situation here down and do the right things again and work on the other things. That is how it is always.”
Liverpool’s attack that consists of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah can look unstoppable at times. They now have Philippe Coutinho back too. But Klopp has failed to sort out the defensive issues that have plagued the Merseysiders for a number of seasons now.
None of Simon Mignolet, Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan or Alberto Moreno would come close to the United starting lineup, but these are the players that make up Liverpool’s defence. It is reflected by the nine goals they have conceded in the Premier League alone already this season.
To make matters worse they splashed out more money on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain than we did on Nemanja Matic. Who’s the more influential player of the two? Oxlade-Chamberlain was also in the final 12 months of his contract at Arsenal and had publicly stated he had no intention of signing a new deal at the Emirates.
We face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday 14 October and the game cannot come soon enough!