Tightened Defence has the Reds Hitting Their Stride
Jurgen Klopp’s future at the club after the 4-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley in October looked anything but secure. The charismatic German had to stand witness to another capitulation of his defence as they crumbled under the famous arch. There was justifiable cause for genuine concern as the direction of the season looked to be heading down an uncertain road.
Klopp will be delighted to have kept three clean sheets in his side's last six games, a run of matches that has helped Liverpool’s goal difference take on a much-improved look. In the nine fixtures before the last six, Liverpool only managed two clean sheets and conceded 16 goals. Even if the fixture list has provided Klopp’s charges with some much-needed respite, it should take nothing away from the fact that he has managed to plug the holes in his leaky defence.
With City surging on and 14 points ahead it will be immensely difficult to catch the league leaders but the recent change in form has given everyone in Liverpool renewed faith about securing a top-four finish.
A month and a half ago it looked far from straightforward but it has all changed with the Reds at just 4/7 for a top-four finish in the latest football betting. The following 6 fixtures over the festive period see Liverpool play at home four times, and only against one team from the top 6 in the shape of Arsenal. The Christmas period seems an ideal time for Klopp and his team to put down some roots in the top four.
Liverpool's turn in fortune illustrates just how long a month or two is in football and will serve as a reminder to Klopp of how dangerous it is to fall into a false sense of security. The need to dip into the transfer market in January to shore up their defence is still great. By doing so Klopp will begin to increase Liverpool’s chances of becoming far more consistent as they put together the foundations of a title challenge in the seasons to come.
Going forward Liverpool look as good as anyone in the league and have the players capable of firing them to the title. The Liverpool attackers are being talked about for all the right reasons and keeping hold of them is crucial to the hopes of their season with the likes of Real Madrid reportedly keeping close tabs on Mo Salah.
Liverpool’s resurgence has put the springboard in place to kick on this season. The ship has been righted and the purchasing of a couple of defenders in January should guarantee a very successful back end to the campaign. By the time winter is over the Reds could be a permanent fixture near the summit of the league.
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