Liverpool have had an unbelievable start to the season, sitting eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
They’ve also won their Champions League group and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup; Jurgen Klopp is operating a well-oiled machine.
While everything may look rosy at Anfield, there are still some issues that Klopp needs to solve before the end of 2019 to ensure this season lives up to its start:
The Reds will play a minimum of eight games in December. After already facing Everton, Bournemouth and RB Salzburg, Liverpool will have at least five more games this month, dependent on their progress in the Club World Cup. Their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie with Aston Villa kicks off the day before they start their campaign to become world champions over in Qatar. Managing the squad will be vital to ensuring Klopp’s men come through the month unscathed and with confidence still high.
With the schedule looking so hectic for the Reds, they’d do very well to emerge from such a congested period with no injuries. Joel Matip is one member of the squad that has been out since October through injury, while Mohamed Salah has had his struggles with an ankle problem since playing Leicester earlier that month. Given the amount of games, the fitness levels will be tested to the extreme, with the whole squad being utilised by Klopp.
Fighting on four different fronts within the space of a month would take its toll on any squad. Given the level the Reds have been playing at in 2019, keeping that standard through the festive period could be crucial to their title charge. They’ve lost just one game in all competitions over 90 minutes – away in the Champions League to Napoli – and if they can come through Christmas with that record intact, it’s very hard to imagine anyone stopping them claiming their 19th title.
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