Liverpool: Klopp opens up on transfer plans for January
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp needs to have a word with his front three in order to get them back firing again, according to Reds legend Steve Nicol. Liverpool have not won any of their last three Premier League matches, scoring just one goal in that time. The latest result was a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Monday, where Klopp’s side registered just one shot on target.
The loss at St Mary’s followed a 0-0 draw at Newcastle and 1-1 draw at home to relegation-threatened West Brom.
Despite midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho being used as central defenders against Saints, it is the other end of the pitch where Nicol claims the main issues are.
“I think it’s pretty clear where the problems are and it’s up front,” Nicol told ESPN FC.
“The front three are not producing, not delivering, they’re not even creating pretty much.
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“Yes at Newcastle they created opportunities but this Southampton game and the West Brom game, they never created anything.
“So if you’re not going to create, then you aren’t going to score goals.”
Sadio Mane is the only player to have scored in the last three matches for Liverpool.
And Nicol believes it is time Klopp spoke to the Senegal star, as well as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, in an attempt to reignite their form.
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He continued: “This is where Klopp comes into it as well and earns his corn, because it’s one thing to say ‘things are not going well, this is wrong, this is right’ – the fact is, these three games we’re talking about, they’ve had over 70 per cent of the ball in every game.
“So it’s not a complete and utter shambles, the fact is that Klopp now has to have a word, and a quiet word and a clever word, with the front three.
“Sometimes it’s just about a little nugget that you give a player, the likes of Mane.
“Why don’t you say to Mane ‘you’re standing in the box, you’re standing with your back to goal all the time, can you get yourself half-turned?’.
“Salah’s the same, instead of always looking to run in or again be standing in the box, why don’t you stand a little wider, a little deeper?
“Because with the feet he’s got, no defender wants him running at him.
“So it’s all these little nuggets that’s going to make the difference with the front three in particular.
“The rest of it’s okay, you can’t be that bad if you’re having 70 per cent of the ball regardless of whether you’re at home or away.
“So this is where Klopp needs to earn his corn by being smart and just having a little word with the front three.”
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