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What can Jurgen Klopp do to revitalize Liverpool after Fulham draw?

What a difference a week can make!

From the exhilaration of a spectacular performance beating Manchester City in the Community Shield to the frustration of a 2-2 draw at Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Seven days is certainly a long time in football, but for Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool squad, there’s already a sense that they’ve turned their backs on the wall.

A frustrated Jürgen Klopp watched as Liverpool’s side drew 2-2 at Fulham

In a title fight against Pep Guardiola’s team, any failure feels like the end of the world.

It may seem very reactionary to say it, but it was the standard the team had set in the last four seasons, and the disappointment of leaving two points at Fulham was clear to all.

Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk looked furious as they returned to the dressing room to the full-time whistle. Klopp, on the other hand, looked frustrated all afternoon as he exchanged harsh words with Alisson and was upset that Andy Robertson chose the wrong option.

As well as dismal performances, Klopp has to contend with a rise in injuries to key players, question marks over midfield options and his defense being too fragile.

To fans’ concern, the German was concerned about the attitude of his players at Craven Cottage.

The Reds already can't afford to lose more points in their title fight with Manchester City

The Reds already can’t afford to lose more points in their title fight with Manchester City

After Salah saved the Reds with a late equalizer, Klopp said:

“It was a really bad match, but the fact that I got a point.

“At first I didn’t have the right posture and I wanted to fight back, but it’s not easy anymore.

“The pitch was dry, but we played to their card…the result is good.

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The performance was generally lackluster. Liverpool were unable to control the game, failing to piece together a string of passes in the first half, and the newly promoted team stifled and choked them.

The injury crisis worsened when Thiago Alcantara pulled out with a suspected hamstring problem as Liverpool drew 1–0 just after half-time.

Klopp is already without Naby Keita, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Costas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota. Everyone needs to contribute at Liverpool as so many injuries are a big problem.

Thiago limped with hamstring issue - another injury to add to Liverpool's long list

Thiago limped with hamstring issue – another injury to add to Liverpool’s long list

Midfield depth at Anfield had already been the subject of heated debate during the off-season. Did you have enough choice and talent to beat Liverpool in the Premier League and Champions League?

Liverpool have more than enough if everyone is fit and available. Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Keita, Jones, Elliott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Fabio Carvalho can play.

The problem, however, is the availability and reliability of some members of that group, causing concern among fans who feel they should have bought another option.

Thiago, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain have proven they can’t count on their performance throughout the campaign. As Klopp said after Saturday’s game, it’s hard to get the balance right.

“We know what’s going to happen, it’s obvious,” he told Liverpool’s website. “We said we don’t need a midfielder because we have enough – and we actually have enough, but the problem now is because something like this could happen. , is to be punished for things that are not our responsibility.

No one could have imagined that Curtis (Jones) would get what he gets. It’s nothing serious, but he’s a young boy and it’s kind of a stress reaction. Naby is just sick and will definitely be back next week. Oxlade happened early on and now he’s with Thiago, which of course isn’t good.

You see, a transfer has to make sense now and long term. We have a midfielder. We still have enough midfielders. There is no shortage of midfielders, just some injured.

The Reds are currently losing 7 of their last 9 games 1-0 in all competitions.

The Reds are currently losing 7 of their last 9 games 1-0 in all competitions.

“This is not a good situation. I don’t like it at all. But we’ll have to see how we react. But be careful not to panic.”

Midfield will be left behind until next summer, with big changes coming as Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago are all over 28.

Thiago’s injury could prompt Klopp to speculate about system changes this summer when the Reds chose to sign Darwin Nunez.

With the arrival of a more traditional striker, Klopp could deviate from his preferred 4-3-3 system, which has worked quite well, and instead go 4-2-3-1 in some matches. A theory was born that there is

Keita is due to face Crystal Palace at Anfield on 15 August, but Roberto Firmino, Elliott and Carvalho can all fill the No. 10 role behind Nunez. Cropping is certainly flexible.

Injuries only get better with time, but a worrying trend that Klopp hopes to eradicate soon is his team’s recent trend of late game starts.

Darwin Nunez looked super sharp again when he stepped off the bench at Craven Cottage

Darwin Nunez looked super sharp again when he stepped off the bench at Craven Cottage

The Reds have now lost 1-0 in seven of their last nine games in all competitions, including each of their last five Premier League games.

Of those 7 times, 4 were within the first 15 minutes. Lowering goals at the start of each match does not help the team.

With Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea all due by the end of September, Klopp will be desperate to tighten things up.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Reds. Darwin Nunez once again looked incredibly sharp when he came off the bench at Craven Cottage, scoring one goal and helping Salah equalizer.

Firmino’s place in the attacking pecking order appears to be dwindling and it won’t be long before Nunez is unleashed in the Premier League from the start.

Salah and Luis Diaz also look particularly sharp on the side and will be a threat this season.

If a team proves they have what it takes to recover from setbacks again and again, it is Klopp’s Liverpool. We cannot afford to make costly mistakes.