Enzo Fernandez has uncovered a significant weakness in Liverpool that will make Jurgen Klopp scared

Enzo Fernandez has uncovered a significant weakness in Liverpool that will make Jurgen Klopp scared

In part two of his weekly Liverpool column, John Aldridge discusses Sunday’s 1-1 stalemate with Chelsea.

On reflection, a draw against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon was a reasonable result.

Liverpool did some positive things moving forward, but we can do better. We played Chelsea at a time when Pochettino was still searching for his finest team and starting formation, but we failed to take advantage. 

Having said that, if the penalty decision had gone our way, we could have potentially won the game.

I have no notion why the handball by Nicolas Jackson was not reviewed by VAR. Whether or not Jackson intended it, it has struck his hand. 

It’s obvious. Going to the monitor does not require you to alter your original decision, but you should at least take a look.

The fact that we had only 35.1% possession at the end of Sunday’s game was a concerning statistic. 

During Klopp’s tenure, there have been only three other Premier League games in which we have scored fewer goals, and two of those were against Manchester City.

This statistic alone demonstrates Liverpool’s dire need for a defensive midfielder and control in this area of the field. 

Jurgen Klopp, the staff, and the supporters are all aware that this is what we’re begging for. Mac Allister played well, despite the fact that he was not in his preferred position. 

Enzo Fernandez consistently won second passes for Chelsea throughout the entire game, as players assuming the responsibility of No. 6 are the ones who do so. Szoboszlai also performed admirably, but someone must do the grunt job.

Salah cannot expect to participate in every minute of every game.

Klopp was criticized for replacing Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz with Ben Doak and Harvey Elliott as we hunted for the game-winning goal at Stamford Bridge, but I believe he made the correct substitutions.

When Elliott and Doak entered the game, there was a perceptible change in our play. We were more agile and appeared more likely to score. 

Elliott had a very successful preseason and appears to be entering the next level. As for Doak, there will be games in which he can earn a number of points for Liverpool by coming on as a substitute. 

He is an unstoppable force that defenders cannot contain. Doak must receive more playing time this season because he has the potential to become a sensation. 

This is true regardless of whether Salah is replaced or moved to center forward.

Salah was visibly upset about his substitution, but no player should be guaranteed 90 minutes of playing time every game.

 You cannot be the protagonist every time you perform at your highest level. He was exhausted, and the manager was correct to remove him from duty.

 Regarding Salah’s reaction to his substitution, a great deal has been said. It’s admirable that he doesn’t want to get off, but in the future, you should just take it. You are not required to appear cheerful, however.

Enzo Fernandez has uncovered a significant weakness in Liverpool that will make Jurgen Klopp scared

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