Michael Edwards, the Liverpool manager, needs to emulate Marina Granovskaia’s Chelsea transfer strategy.
Liverpool appear to be on the verge of losing Roberto Firmino to injury, and now is the time to start looking for a replacement.
For the past four seasons, Roberto Firmino has been the glue that has held the Liverpool frontline together, but even the strongest, super-mighty glue can wear out. In Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at home against ten-man Chelsea, the Brazilian was forced off. Jurgen Klopp’s club has shown they have the firepower to score at will, but they can be blunt when faced with a team ready to sacrifice the ball to safeguard a result.
This is precisely what occurred to Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Up until Reece James was sent off for handballing Jota’s shot on the goal line, the Blues were full of confidence.
Chelsea realized which way the wind was blowing as Mohamed Salah stroked the resulting penalty past Edouard Mendy.
They realized that beating Liverpool with 10 men in front of a raucous Anfield crowd was the next level beyond Mission Impossible.
Thiago Silva and Mateo Kovacic replaced Kai Havertz and the injured N’Golo Kante, and a wall of Blue shirts was created to frustrate the Reds in their own backyard.
Chelsea stopped Liverpool by blocking, tackling, clearing, fouling, and fouling them to the point where the Reds turned blue.
With the needle threader midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Klopp attempted to unpick Tuchel’s master lock, but even the erratic Spaniard was unable to see sunshine through the impenetrable Blues defense.
While a draw against the defending Champions League champions is nothing to be ashamed of, and the outcome was due to Chelsea’s superiority more than Liverpool’s arrogance, it might be a turning point in the title battle.
However, the lack of a backup plan is a major issue. Salah, Jota, and Sadio Mane are all world-class players, but they are most dangerous when they run through the lines and past defenders.
Jota produced a spectacular header in the win over Burnley, but could he do it against Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Cesar Azpilicueta?
Against the Blues, Liverpool was in desperate need of a natural striker. Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez, and possibly Peter Crouch are all names that come to mind.
Apart from Crouch’s height, Robert Lewandowski is the only available top-class striker in the world who possesses all three instincts and qualities.
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