I was reading an article about the Spurs match today and it had a sobering stat.
It said Liverpool have dropped the most points from a leading position in the PL this season. The number of points dropped…15. The way the article was written that it didn’t include the two we dropped from the Spurs match.
Of course nobody ever goes perfect from that position, but if we closed out EVERY lead this season those extra 15 points not dropped would move us from 9th on 45 points to 3rd on 60, behind Leicester and Tottenham (not figuring taking away points we yielded to those two). If the two points dropped against Spurs weren’t figured in and that 15 became 17 and Spurs had 2 less we’d be in second.
So the good news is we’ve been able to put on the pressure in the earlier parts of many matches this season. The bad news is that for some reason we haven’t been able to close up shop and bank the victories.
Mao what is the reason? Is it a lack of focus? Is it a lack of quality? Are we missing leadership and/or a winning mentality? Is it tactical? Does some of it come down to silly mistakes by a player, such as Migs or a defender? Are they distracted by being spread thin across advancing in so many competitions? How about a team playing high pressure that peters out and after a preseason with Klopp they will be better conditioned for 90 minutes week in, week out?
Or is there just a combination of many things and no one thing in particular?
Is this the point where Klopp will earn his pay? I think this is going to be one of the biggest issues to sort in the offseason.
I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.