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OPINION 📌 Jurgen Klopp is left with unexpected Liverpool problem caused by two players

Liverpool legend John Aldridge in his talk column talk about a problem that Jurgen Klopp must deal with and some individual battles between team-mates.

 

Liverpool will need a clean sheet when they come back after the international break. Brighton will come to Anfield and have a go, they don’t usually sit back and they didn’t under Graham Potter.

 

You want a clean sheet and then you want Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah to get on the score sheet. Get your forwards scoring goals, because that brings extra confidence for the rest of the team and for themselves.

 

It’s still early days for Nunez, but the lad can finish. He’s just got to keep getting in the right areas, and he’s one of those players that can go on a run of games scoring goals.

 

Liverpool have got to get the right balance at the top end of the pitch. At the moment they’ve got Roberto Firmino, Jota, Salah, Nunez and Diaz, and it’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle for Klopp to fix.

Jota is a good player and a good goalscorer, but it all depends on what role he plays. Now that Nunez is going to play through the middle, what does Klopp do?

 

It’s a couple of square holes and round pegs. Jota is a centre forward, so is Nunez and so is Firmino.

 

You can play him on the left some games and rest Diaz, but it’s tough and Klopp has got to find a way.

Everyone knows how much Andy Robertson is revered by the crowd, he would run through a brick wall for you and for the fans.

 

He’s old school, and it’s always great to have two players fighting for their place. Every manager will tell you that, and they bring the best out of each other.

 

That’s what football has been about since day one. When I was a Liverpool player I was scared of it, someone else would sometimes come in and get your place, and you have to wait for him to get injured for you to get your place back.

 

The squad game is a bit different now because they are rotated a little bit. You look at some of the great sides in the past, they have always had players vying for positions.

 

It’s good to have it, and Liverpool could do with it all over the pitch to be honest, and we have in a lot of positions.

 

I don’t know who I would start against Brighton if both of them are fit. Robertson has never let anyone down, everyone has a little dip in form.

 

Tsimikas has done really well, he’s a good player. So it bodes well whoever Klopp picks and whoever is on standby for now.

 

Responding to critics understandable from Van Dijk

 

Virgil van Dijk has never really had to respond to criticism about his own form. He’s been so consistent over the years, with Celtic, Southampton and now with Liverpool.

 

 

But it shows he’s only human. And it will hurt him that he hasn’t been playing at his best.

 

It’s hard when you’ve been criticised properly for the first time, it can be tougher to take. I know because I used to hate criticism, and of course I got criticised.

 

The only way to answer them is to get clean sheets and show them how good you are. We know how good he is, and he will know that he’s not been playing at his best, and people jump all over that because that’s the world we live in.

 

Hopefully that will lift him to keep his standards up.

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