Jurgen Klopp’s Reds had just won the Champions League and they were going all out to win a first English title in 30 years.
Thierry Henry spoke out about Liverpool in February 2020, explaining Klopp’s high-intensity Gegenpressing football leaves him feeling “tired” just watching.
“You see, when you watch Liverpool, even just watching them, you get tired. They move so quickly. When you go to Manchester City, before you have even looked up, there is pressing on you. If you control the ball, there are already three guys around you.
“The Premier League’s intensity is immense.”
One year on and things are distinctly different.
Liverpool haven’t been blowing teams away with ease this season and are currently down in sixth – seemingly already out of the Premier League title race.
A series of issues have resulted in Liverpool’s slump, not least the fact Klopp has lost a number of key players to injury this campaign.
The introduction of Thiago Alcantara has also created some midfield issues, with many pundits, including John Barnes, Robert Huth and Jermaine Jenas, claiming the Spaniard is the reason for the Reds’ sudden lack of intensity.
Former Arsenal manager recently provided some expert analysis on why Thiago – despite being a world class player – has sparked a decline in Liverpool’s “tiring” attacking play.
“Thiago Alcantara, for me, shows the typical problem of a manger,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS.
“For example Liverpool were very hungry and aggressive in midfield. When you’re manager you want to make the team better and you [sign] a technical player.
“But when you [sign] a technical player you lose the aggression in midfield and you destroy a bit of the strength Liverpool had before.
“They have certainly less capacity today to win the ball back and they suffer a little bit more, so sometimes when you want to improve the team, you take a little something away from the team.”