Boring, dull, toothless.
2 points dropped.
It showed a little bit of Kloop’s weakness I suppose, which is a lack of plan B. At Dortmund, he had a similar style, but not having a plan B might hurt us. Because any plan, no matter how good it is, has its own weaknesses, and Mourinho knows how to adapt, and so will other teams start to learn from it.
Sturridge, again, I have to say, will not be a LFC player under Kloop for long. His selfishness not to run the channels, to play a part in the pressing, and to add to his inability – as a player who has payed in EPL all his career, to hold up a ball, is seriously a joke.
Kloop is only playing him because of his finishing ability. If Origi sorts his head out and regains his confidence, he would certainly be the 1st choice, and I can definitely see him being better a player than he was 2nd half of last season.
With Ings scoring goals for fun in the U23 games, Sturridge would see himself struggling to even warm the bench pretty soon. He knows it himself, that’s for sure, but I can’t see him making a decent effort!
And this match showed the importance of Lallana and Wijnaldum in our midfield, because we lacked their energy in pressing and bombing up and down the pitch non-stop. Lallana’s introduction changed the game towards our favour, but unfortunately, it was too late, too little.
Can admitted he has to improve and rightly so. He’s been a key part under Kloop last season, and this being his first start, he looks very rusty with the ball, and fitness wise not really there yet. It is highly likely to pair up with Grujic and Lucas for the cup games for now, if Wijnaldum and Lallana stay injury-free.
With us not being in Europe, there will be lots of time to sort things out at Melwood, and LFC fans like us should definitely be expecting much better performances come Saturday against Middlesbrough at Anfield because the EFL cup tie against Spurs.