Still no case for Liverpool’s defence with Jurgen Klopp’s side having now conceded as many goals in seven games as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea let in during the entire 2004-2005 season
- Liverpool have now conceded 15 goals seven games into their title defence
- Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea let in 15 goals during the entire 2004-2005 season
- Many of the goals the Reds have conceded have been down to defensive errors
- Joe Gomez was at fault v West Ham but Jurgen Klopp praised Nathaniel Phillips
It is a sobering thought for Jurgen Klopp that Liverpool have conceded as many goals after just seven games of their title defence as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea let in when sprinting to the Premier League crown in 2004-05.
And many of the 15 they have conceded have been down to simple mistakes or errors of judgment. Against West Ham it was the same old story.
No 2 keeper Adrian has been at fault this season, so has the imperious Virgil Van Dijk but this time it was Joe Gomez.
Joe Gomez was at fault for West Ham’s goal as Liverpool went behind at Anfield on Saturday
The Reds have now conceded as many goals as Chelsea did in the entire 2004-2005 season
He headed Arthur Masuaku’s cross straight to Pablo Fornals who had time to take a touch before firing the Hammers into an early lead.
To be fair, the unflappable Gomez did not let it bother him as he went on to produce a solid display as the ‘senior’ partner in a back four which had Nathaniel Phillips making his Premier League debut. With Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Fabinho all ruled out by injury, Klopp opted for Phillips and the son of former Bolton defender Jimmy didn’t put a foot wrong. He won important aerial duels, passed tidily and his positioning was good.
‘Nat Phillips — wow! I couldn’t be more happy,’ said Klopp.
‘I asked him beforehand if he was nervous. I told him I’d be. But he was awake from the first second. A good game.’
Jurgen Klopp praised the performance of Nathaniel Phillips who started at centre back
But then West Ham didn’t threaten much after taking their lead. Atalanta on Tuesday and Manchester City at the Etihad next Sunday will provide much sterner tests and Liverpool will need to be more watertight.
Klopp’s men are making hard work of their title defence. This was the third consecutive home game in which they have fallen behind.
Mohamed Salah’s penalty brought them level but they had to wait until late on for the winner from Diogo Jota as a double substitution paid off. Xherdan Shaqiri threaded a pass through for Jota to fire home. It was Jota’s third goal in a week.
Maybe it is the lack of edge in empty stadiums that is causing the lapses in defence. Liverpool have the firepower to get themselves out of trouble but that will not always be the case and Klopp will be giving serious thought to moving into the transfer market in January.
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