After Liverpool suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of newly promoted Burnley, Klopp created a “hairdryer style” treatment to his players in a wake up call, writes Sam May.
Lacklustre, poor and toothless are words to describe the performance from the Reds at Turf Moor.
It is wrong to blame the performance on an individual, despite Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge both giving the ball away and gifting Burnley a two-goal lead – but the fact is Klopp’s side must improve if they are to secure a top four position at the end of the season.
Defensive woes are still a big problem. Dejan Lovren looked out of his depth and new signing Ragnar Klavan thought he was still playing in the Bundesliga rather than the Premier League, where pace and power rule.
Its time the Reds gave Andre Wisdom a chance at right back. It was evident Clyne was struggling down the flank, stopping dead every time and cutting the ball back rather than being penetrative and dangerous. Defensively he was poor too.
Left back is an even bigger worry for Liverpool. The sooner Joe Gomez is fit the better. It was clear James Milner cant play in Liverpool’s most problematic position; a place on the bench would be the best for the 30-year-old.
The Reds have been linked with a number of left-backs – Hector, Chilwell, Rodriguez and Bruno Martins-Indi, and right now any would be suited at any price.
It seems yet another new centre back should be on the agenda, and although this is unlikely, it has to happen before the window closes. Süle or Tah is needed to sort out Liverpool’s leaky defence, or even Middlesborough’s consistent performer Ben Gibson, who have previously been linked with a move to Anfield.
Captain Henderson must be dropped for Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum for Marco Grujić in next weeks trip to White Hart Lane. Both were ineffective. Sturridge, Firmino, Origi and Lallana should be fighting for the front three against Spurs – unless Mané is fit and Origi drops to the bench.
Expect the Reds to dip into the transfer market again before the window closes, with Klopp stating in his post-match interview that transfers are a possibility before the close.
If the Reds are to succeed, attitudes or personnel have to change. Klopp says he is building competition for each place – so now is the time to prove it – changes are needed at Spurs. Act now Jurgen and give others their chance.