After Liverpool’s lost to Brighton in the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp has been left with a huge problem between two of his players.
In the 59th minute, he made three substitutions – James Milner, Darwin Nunez and Jordan Henderson for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harvey Elliott and Naby Keita – expecting to bolster their performance.
Unfortunately, this had the opposite effect as Liverpool dropped intensity and control and looked more vulnerable to attacks from the opposition.
To top it off, midfielder Fabinho entered the game 6 minutes before the end of normal time only to be booked 2 minutes later for dangerously tackling Ferguson.
The Brazilian was lucky not to get sent off as VAR reviewed the incident but it nonetheless highlighted how starkly Liverpool’s midfield performance levels had dropped after introducing Henderson and Fabinho onto the pitch.
It was clear that they no longer had what it takes to make an effective contribution.
It appears that even experienced veterans like Fabinho are having trouble making an impact this season; Klopp noted back in November that he’d been playing too often due to lack of fit players in central midfield yet still bore no improvement.
With contracted players until 2025 and 2026 respectively, though both have served their team loyally in past campaigns, it may be difficult for them if this form continues beyond now.
This article was updated 1 month ago