Three games without a win and you could almost be led to think Liverpool’s title defence has already been derailed.
Monday’s defeat to Southampton was another blow to Jurgen Klopp’s pursuit of back-to-back titles, but despite mounting scepticism, the Reds still lead the table on goal difference.
That said, it is apparent Klopp has some issues to iron out in his squad, after another showing where the Reds dominated possession but struggled to make it count.
And former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol believes Klopp would be wise to start with his under-performing front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Speaking to ESPN , Nicol said: “I think it’s pretty clear where the problems are. It’s up front. The front three are not producing, not delivering… they’re not even creating.
“Yes, at Newcastle they made opportunities but this Southampton game and the West Brom game, they never created anything. If you aren’t going to create, then you aren’t going to score goals.”
Liverpool mustered just one attempt on target in the loss at St. Marys, their lowest tally since the 3-0 defeat to Watford back in February.
In fairness to Salah, prior to the last three games the Egyptian netted six times in five appearances, though has looked off the pace in recent fixtures.
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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.
But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Firmino, too, has been largely non-existent since his two-goal display in the 7-0 drubbing of Crystal Palace, where Liverpool’s goals seemed to have dried up.
Only Mane has looked anything like the player Liverpool fans expect to see over the last few fixtures, but in reality this is only likely to be a minor blip in the trio’s season.
Injury to Diogo Jota has not helped them, as Klopp has insisted on sticking with all three players over the busy festive schedule.
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But Nicol believes it is now up to Klopp to get his attackers firing again before the blip becomes anything more damaging to the title charge.
“This is where Klopp comes into it as well and earns his corn,” Nicol added. “It’s all very well saying, this is wrong, this isn’t right – the fact is these three games we’re talking about, they’ve had over 70 per cent possession of the ball in every game.
“So it’s not a complete and utter shambles. The fact is Klopp now has to have a quiet word and a clever word with the front three.”