By Tom Hulme – @ScoreFootball6
As the season is drawing to an end, every game is now a must win for Liverpool.
The Reds find themselves one point behind leaders Manchester City, arguably brought on by the team itself not managing to kill teams off and missing some great opportunities in front of goal.
Aside from the 5-0 win against Watford, it’s safe to say that Liverpool haven’t performed to their full potential since the turn of the new year. Mohamed Salah isn’t taking the opportunities he probably should be, Sadio Mané – although scoring a couple – is still missing sitters for fun, and the midfield just isn’t creating as much, but why?
Recently Jurgen Klopp has opted for a midfield consisting of energy rather than creativity – Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Fabinho, Adam Lallana, and Georginio Wijnaldum have all been chosen ahead of Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri who are unquestionably more creative than the majority of the boss’ recent selections.
To put teams to bed for the final nine games of the season it would be surprising to see neither Keita or Shaqiri feature more often and maybe even at the same time with Fabinho or Wijnaldum behind them.
Now, of course, injuries haven’t helped – just recently Roberto Firmino has been out for a short stint with an ankle injury while Joe Gomez, a key figure leading up to January, is still not up to match fitness, and Dejan Lovren has been out for a good while now.
However, as daft as it may sound, with the team playing well, and still having been top for a good few weeks, the key player missing for me is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – he adds something that the rest of the midfield seem to lack, and I think having him back for the remainder season would have been absolutely magic.
That being said, it is still well within the players’ capabilities to win a long-awaited Premier League title and, with the right mindset and performances, they can and will do it!