Liverpool season continue in a shambolic fashion as they slump to their third away defeat after a miserable opening 12 minutes at the Molineux. Wolverhampton Wanderers’ supporters sang “ole” in response to a protracted period of passing as their team finished Saturday’s utterly spectacular demolition of Liverpool.
That was something Reds supporters were frequently able to do to their opponents in previous seasons, but as the disappointing season unfolds, those times seem like a long time ago.
This 3-0 loss at Molineux was possibly worse than last month’s 3-0 loss at Brighton, which seemed like a big low. After all, Wolves began Saturday in the relegation zone while the Seagulls are aiming for a top-seven finish.
Additionally, Liverpool’s most recent setback was the first time since 2012 that they had dropped three straight Premier League away games. They have scored only one goal and given up nine since the new year, which is not the best performance with the Merseyside derby coming up.
Boss Jurgen Klopp said, “We have to change it right away in the next game.”
“We need to make a statement once more since Everton won today and they are in a good mood.”
Due to the loss, Liverpool is now in 10th place, 11 points behind Newcastle United in fourth.
Twelve minutes of disaster
With a terrible opening, Klopp self-inflicted the damage against Wolves.
The home team, which was enthusiastic and assured right away, took advantage of Liverpool’s sluggish start to go ahead after five minutes. Once Hwang Hee-chan had gained access from behind on the right, Joel Matip deflected his cross into the goal.
While the first goal had an element of bad luck, Liverpool’s poor defence allowed Wolves debutant Craig Dawson to drive in after they failed to clear their own box seven minutes later.
Those errors resulted in goals, but Liverpool played with lots of blunders during that disastrous start.
In the post-game news conference, a frustrated-looking Klopp bemoaned, “We inflicted the pain with the first 12 minutes.” It is not possible.
Added him: “It is prohibited in a game like this one. You are free to judge and criticize us, and you are likely in the right because those 12 minutes are not permitted.”
Liverpool’s troubles this season have been mostly attributed to their midfield, which the Reds haven’t improved in either of the last two transfer windows.
However, despite the latter area having been greatly enhanced, both the defense and the attack have performed much below expectations this campaign.
It goes without saying that injuries haven’t helped, but Saturday’s disastrous start was reminiscent of Liverpool’s early-season performances, when they gave up the first goal in five of their first seven games.
The Reds have now given up three goals in each of their last three away Premier League games, losing to Brentford, Brighton, and now Wolves. With the most recent treble, they have now given up more goals (28 in 20 games) than they did for the entire 2018–19 campaign (26 in 38 games).
When asked if he still has faith in his team to recapture the form that let them contend for several titles the previous year, Klopp responded, “I don’t lose faith in the boys, but we have to improve, and that is what we are working on.”
You are getting sacked in the morning
Wolves supporters were delighted in tormenting Klopp with chants of “you’re getting sacked in the morning” as the game on Saturday came to a close.
Although it was meant in jest, Klopp is unquestionably up against his toughest test in the eight years he has spent at Anfield.
James McFadden, a former Scotland and Everton forward, stated on BBC Radio 5 Live that it is amusing that supporters are screaming for Jurgen Klopp to be fired.
“Check out the work he accomplished at that club. Even though the season is still in progress, it has already been labeled a letdown.
Despite how painful it is for me to say it given my Everton ties, Jurgen Klopp is a fantastic manager and clearly has the resources to turn things around.
On February 13, Liverpool will play Everton at Anfield, and a win there might give them the lift they need to turn around their fortunes. Eight days later, they play host to reigning Champions League winner, Real Madrid in the first leg of their matchup, a rematch of last year’s champions league final.
When asked if he had confidence in his own abilities to help the Reds, Klopp replied: “Yes. Absolutely.”