The Liverpool supporters were furious in the Transfer Tavern last night following their second draw in 3 days at Anfield…
The Reds faithful lining up the bar were fully expecting a routine victory ahead of their clash with Alan Pardew’s West Bromwich Albion side last night. However, Liverpool’s performance failed to live up to the supporters pre-match expectations, as they were held to a goalless draw for only the second time this season.
Jurgen Klopp received a barrage of scathing criticism for his team-selection on Sunday afternoon, but he opted to restore the so called big-four to his starting-eleven for their midweek fixture.
Despite the presence of Salah, Mane, Coutinho and Firmino on the hallowed turf of Anfield, Liverpool failed to break the resistance of a well-organised West Brom team.
Tottenham’s victory over Brighton at Wembley helped them to leapfrog Klopp’s side into 4th position, albeit, due to a marginally superior goal difference.
But considering the competition for Champions League qualification promises to be intensely competitive this season, Liverpool should be looking to strengthen their squad this January to ensure they achieve a top-four finish.
Ideally, Liverpool should be targeting a quality central defender as their number one priority due to Dejan Lovren’s inability to concentrate for 90 minutes.
There is no doubt that momentum is a crucial component of success in football, and his needless challenge on Calvert-Lewin last Sunday not only lost Liverpool points in the derby, but also had a negative impact on his side’s performance yesterday evening.
One potential solution for Klopp would be to move Joe Gomez into central defence and start Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back, but the German seems unwilling to commit to that particular set-up at the moment.
In that case, he must sign a proven central defender with Champions League experience to organise and solidify their defence in January.
If Liverpool are unsuccessful in their pursuit of a central defender, then they will run the risk of failing to qualify for Europe’s greatest knockout competition next season.
Failure to finish in the top-four would give plenty of reason for the likes of Mo Salah and Phillipe Coutinho to force their way out of the club next summer, so it is of paramount importance that Klopp lands a centre-back of genuine quality during the January window.
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