Liverpool guaranteed an end to the current year at the top of the English Premier League, despite all the defensive crises due to injuries, but coach Jurgen Klopp’s team must quickly restore its effectiveness.
For the second time in four days, Liverpool had the opportunity to move away by five points at the top but settled in a 0-0 draw with struggling hosts Newcastle United on Wednesday.
On Sunday, Liverpool conceded with a late goal to draw 1-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion in a draw at struggling Fulham Stadium earlier this month.
Klopp’s side failed to beat Brighton & Hove Albion, leaving the defending champions wasting eight points against teams from the last six places in the standings.
This is not expected of Liverpool, who reaped victories last season, even if they did not play their best.
Against Newcastle, Liverpool had 73 percent possession of the ball, but the attacking trio consisting of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino squandered all the chances in front of the goal.
Regardless all of that, Liverpool leads the competition by three points over Manchester United, which has a postponed match, and the coach Klopp will be satisfied with that after losing defending duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez until the end of the season due to injury.
Before the start of the season, Liverpool knew that it would struggle to retain the title they won last season, 18 points away from the second-placed.
In a checkered season, the team has lost once in 16 games, which demonstrates the mental strength of its players.
“The last thing I think about is our position in the league at the moment. It’s good, but it doesn’t mean anything,” Klopp said.
“We tied and we are still in the lead, and this explains how difficult the season is for everyone,” he added.
“We have to go ahead, the next matches are against Southampton, Aston Villa and Manchester United, and it is good that we know our responsibilities. We did not get the result we wanted, but it is not the worst thing as there are worse things happening.”