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Klopps Liverpool farewell at risk of fizzling out

Published : Thursday, 18 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 97

LIVERPOOL, APRIL 17: Jurgen Klopp was headed for a glorious send-off in his final season at Liverpool just a few weeks ago, but talk of a potential quadruple is now long forgotten as the Reds have come off the rails.

Liverpool have a mountain to climb if they are to make the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday after losing the first leg of their last-eight tie at home to Atalanta 3-0.

Klopps men were also dumped out the FA Cup by Manchester United last month as the Red Devils edged a thrilling tie 4-3 at Old Trafford.

Liverpool failed to learn their lesson from that defeat as they were held 2-2 by United three weeks later and then stunned 1-0 at home by Crystal Palace in their last two Premier League games to fall two points behind Manchester City in the title race.
AFP Sport looks at what has gone wrong to leave Klopps fitting farewell at risk of fizzling out.

Liverpools habit of fighting back from losing positions was lauded earlier in the campaign as a sign of the "mentality monsters" Klopp has created throughout his time at Anfield.

They have amassed 27 points after falling behind in the Premier League alone this season, but saw their luck run out against Palace on Sunday after another slow start.

In all competitions, Liverpool have conceded the opening goal 21 times this season.

"Its been the story of the last few games and thats why we have been punished," said left-back Andy Robertson on his sides sluggish starts. "We are struggling to keep clean sheets right now."

To compound a run of nine games without a clean sheet, Liverpools forward line has also gone off the boil come the business end of the season.    —AFP

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