A slap. How else to explain what happened to Liverpool in the clash against Napoli in the Champions League match? The former European champion looked unrecognizable, absolutely nothing was working in Jurgen Klopp’s team. As expected after the game, nobody was surprised by the statements from the Liverpool camp. Everyone was disappointed, to say the least.
Klopp’s machine is not working as it was. A club of such caliber cannot afford to lose to Napoli (4:1), while Ajax at the same time defeated Rangers with 4:0 and proved worthy of the position of favorite in that game. Unexpectedly, English clubs had a break in the league this weekend as matches were postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. It is expected that Liverpool will take care after this break, to be more stable, but that does not mean that Ajax cannot further mess up their plans.
Liverpool is not even a pale shadow of the team that played in the Champions League final three times in the previous five seasons. He managed to get only two triumphs in seven games and suffered a heavy defeat against Napoli at the opening of the elite club competition (4:1) and now every match of the English team will be under scrutiny.
If we exclude the match against Bournemouth when they equal the absolute Premier League win record with (9:0), Liverpool scored only six goals in five games. Average below all expectations. Jurgen Klopp faced a different kind of burden, as he has to find a way to get the team out of the crisis, and that can only be done with the right results.
This match comes at a rather bad time for Liverpool, who were demolished in Naples, and in addition, they are playing rather shaky in the English championship, where they are in seventh place with nine points won in the first six rounds. On the other hand, after the defeat in the Dutch Supercup match against PSV, Ajax started a series of victories, so they have all six victories in the Eredivisie with a goal difference of 21:3, and they started the Champions League with an exceptional result against Rangers.
Liverpool is still burdened by numerous injuries, so Henderson, Keita, Oxlade Chamberlain, Robertson, and Curtis Jones are still missing, but the German still has an extremely high-quality squad at his disposal. On the other side. Schroeder can be satisfied that left back Owen Wijndal is returning to his team, as well as that the injury to stopper Calvin Bassey from the match against Heerenveen is not of a serious nature, so he will be in the starting line-up at Anfield.