Two Players Who Need To Step Up For Liverpool To Achieve A Top-4 Finish
With back to back victories in the league before the international break, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have managed to push into 5th position in the points table. The manager will be happy with the way things are going at the moment and with a number of injured players scheduled to be back into action after the international break, things are looking good for the Reds at the moment.
However, they are already 12 points off Manchester City at the top of the table and need to find loads of consistency if they are to battle it out for a top-4 place. They have to be at their best to even qualify for Europe come the end of the season and Klopp cannot afford any complacency from his squad.
He will also need a few players to step up their game, going into the busy festive schedule and here are two such players, who need to improve quickly, to help Liverpool stay in the hunt for a top-4 place:
The skipper of the side, Henderson, missed the last couple of matches with an injury and withdrew from the English national team which is set to face Germany and Brazil in the next few days. The former Sunderland man is the first choice deep-lying midfielder for Liverpool this season but he has been far from effective, attracting loads of criticism from the Anfield faithful.
He has been blamed for his lack of attacking intent and his ability to shield the backline, two things that a CDM needs to do consistently. He is still Liverpool’s best bet and is actually an important player for the Reds.
Fans want him to be dropped but he remains the first choice under Klopp. So he has to step up his game as soon as possible, especially with the festive schedule coming up. Surely, if he fails to improve, it will have a drastic effect on Liverpool’s chances this season.
With Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool’s first choice right-back out for a long time, the Reds are expected to stick with Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back. They will need all the depth they can get but the injury to Clyne will leave Gomez playing most of the games in this role.
He is more suited at CB but lack of options and his experience in that role should see Klopp stick with him at RB for most of the games during Clyne’s absence. Gomez has been decent this season but has been under pressure in the last few games. He cannot continue to make errors at the back and needs to improve his defensive skills to help Liverpool’s backline and in turn their chances of a top-4 finish.