Liverpool has kicked off the new season on a promising note, finding themselves in a favorable position on the Premier League table. However, a crucial run of fixtures awaits the Reds, providing insights into Jürgen Klopp’s potential tactical changes and the team’s overall performance.
Despite being only a point behind Manchester City at the October international break, the journey has not been without challenges. Liverpool faced the threat of a different outcome against Tottenham, and the team has already contended with four red cards this season. Nevertheless, their presence in the Champions League spots and a glimpse of title contention is an encouraging sign.
Looking ahead, the upcoming fixtures, divided into three segments by the international breaks in September, October, and November, present a unique challenge. As the season progresses, the team must maintain its positive momentum beyond the November international break, especially with the demanding schedule of a busy December.
Before the November break, Liverpool faces opponents such as Everton, Nottingham Forest, Luton, and Brentford. While these matches may seem less challenging on paper, each presents its own difficulties. Closing the gap to the Premier League summit becomes a focal point, with maximum points being the target for this crucial run.
The depth of Liverpool’s squad is also set to be tested, particularly with a potential absence of Andy Robertson due to a dislocated shoulder. The decision not to sign another defender in the summer could now face scrutiny, and players like Kostas Tsimikas and youngster Luke Chambers may need to step up. Maintaining defensive solidity will be crucial to the team’s success.
Additionally, the Reds must avoid the pitfalls of the previous season, where dropped points against lower-ranked teams affected their standings. With upcoming fixtures against relegation contenders and a Carabao Cup clash with Bournemouth, Liverpool needs to showcase ruthlessness and secure victories against teams they are expected to dominate.
The midfield remains a critical area, but the real difference-maker this season lies in the attacking prowess. With the ability to create scoring opportunities against any opponent, Liverpool’s forwards possess the firepower needed to convert chances into goals, potentially elevating the team’s performance to new heights.