However, probably the most damaging of the trio of defeats might nonetheless show to be the 1-Zero deficit they have to overturn when Atletico Madrid journey to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League final 16 tie on Wednesday.
“It’s a protracted season and also you see what number of video games we have performed. In any sport you play it is unattainable to be at your highest degree all yr, yr in and yr out,” stated James Milner, who produced a surprising goal-line clearance to safe victory in opposition to Bournemouth.
“You attempt your greatest and it simply would not occur, and that is when it’s essential to discover a solution to win.”
When at their greatest, Liverpool have proven they’re greater than able to second leg fightbacks at residence. Most spectacularly when Barcelona had been humbled 4-Zero in final season’s semi-final regardless of holding a 3-Zero first leg lead.
However, there are cracks within the English champions-elect’s armoury that Atletico can expose.
After retaining 10 clear sheets in 11 league video games between early December and mid-February, Liverpool have conceded in every of their final 5 video games.
The lack of goalkeeper Alisson Becker to a hip harm is a large blow along with his erratic understudy Adrian at fault for the opening purpose in opposition to Chelsea final week.
Jordan Henderson’s presence in midfield has additionally been badly missed after he limped off with a hamstring harm within the first leg in opposition to Atletico and may very well be rushed again to face the Spaniards.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane once more carried the goalscoring burden to show the sport round in opposition to Bournemouth, however the type of Roberto Firmino can also be a fear for Klopp.
The Brazilian’s all-round recreation makes him the proper foil for the Salah and Mane to come back off the wings and get the targets, however Firmino has been out of kinds in current weeks and nonetheless has not scored at Anfield all season.
No closed doorways disruption
Liverpool can not less than depend on a vociferous residence help that makes Anfield such a fortress on European nights.
Klopp has by no means misplaced a European recreation at residence since taking cost of Liverpool in 2015 and has reached three finals in that point.
“Our folks might be prepared. Welcome to Anfield! It’s not over but,” warned the German after the primary leg.
Unlike matches in Italy, France and Spain there was no order for video games to be performed behind closed doorways within the United Kingdom to halt the unfold of coronavirus.
Paris Saint-Germain will host Borussia Dortmund in entrance of an empty stadium on Wednesday as will Juventus if the second leg of their tie in opposition to Lyon subsequent week even goes forward.
With PSG, Juve and Real Madrid trailing from their first legs and Barcelona a shadow of their former selves, the competitors might open up once more for Liverpool if they will break Atletico’s resistence.
“It’s right down to us to show round a troublesome consequence,” added Milner.
“We know the way good they’re, we all know how effectively organised they’re however hopefully we will push all of them the best way and overturn that and have one other particular night time at Anfield.”