Liverpool started the season off good winning eight games of their Premier League campaign, a feat that has seen them sit comfortably at the top of the Premier League table with 24 points, an eight point lead ahead of Manchester City who is second on the table.
In all of these, Liverpool looks like it already has everything to win the league this season but a good look at the squad will make one realize there are several loopholes that could come back to affect their chances of winning the league.
Even with Jurgen Kloop’s side having the same players from last season at his disposal, this current squad doesn’t look as strong as the one from last season.
In an interview with Sporting Life, Charlie Nicholas, a former Scotland and Celtic striker-turned-pundit expressed his opinion about Liverpool winning the league.
“Liverpool have a vulnerability at the back that wasn’t evident last season.”
“They stumbled against Leicester and Sheffield United. That luck balances out over the course of a season.”
“They are not playing as close to the efficiency of last year, but that is not to say they can’t be beaten – anybody, at any given time, can beat anybody. This is the Premier League.”
“Last season, although Liverpool were ahead, Pep Guardiola had a really good go at his team and was angry with them for about three weeks and he got a reaction.”
“I think Liverpool will drop points along the way and Man City will close the gap at some point.”
“They have tough places to go.”
A look at Liverpool’s defense
Liverpool have played eight games in the Premier League so far this season and even though they’ve not lost a match yet, their defensive stat shows how much they need to improve at the back. Across these eight matches, Liverpool have conceded six goals, an average of 0.75 goals conceded per match.
This is not all that bad but considering the stat from last season, they need to improve or they’ll be seeing other clubs close in on them much quicker than they can imagine.
While this difference may seem only marginal, it does indicate Liverpool are allowing more high-quality chances on their goal this season, when compared to the last.
With the defensive stats available for Liverpool this season, there is a possibility that we could see a noteworthy increase in terms of the number of goals they concede in the coming weeks.
A contributing factor to the above could be the omission of Alisson Becker who is nearing a return to the first-team following his lengthy layoff. Whilst Adrian has proved himself as an able deputy, the Brazilian’s presiding presence may bestow more dominance again to the Liverpool backline.
Overall though, it will be interesting to see how the next handful of fixtures pan out for the Reds from a defensive point of view.