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Where has our Attacking Mojo gone?

In our last three matches we’ve only had four shots on target

Our attack seems to have lost its fluidity, last season we had the second most goals scored in the league and the best attack in the Champions League. We ripped teams apart with our fast moving attacks, and we were the best counter attacking team in Europe, teams feared our front three.

Fast forward one season

It’s been a bit lethargic to say the least. Take our match on Saturday against Huddersfield for example – we had plenty of opportunities to play the killer pass but none were executed with the same venomous approach of last season. Why hasn’t it clicked into gear this time?

Is it that we’ve taken a more defensive approach to our game or could it be that our players are just out of form?

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I think it’s the latter.

Our front three were all at the World Cup with their countries, with Mo Salah only coming back from his shoulder injury during his time in Russia this summer. So I think it’s taking them longer to find their feet this season. One thing’s for sure – when the Liverpool attack is in full flow, there’s no better team to watch.

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The next two games at Anfield against Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff should be straight forward enough

Lets hope these games present an opportunity for our attackers to, once again, find their feet up front. I think Mane should be back in midweek after minor surgery on his thumb.

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Our defence has been immense all season

Conceding only three goals in nine games. Alisson has hit the ground running.  Apart from one mistake this season, he’s kept six clean sheets in nine league matches, which is a new Premier League record for a goalkeeper in his debut season. His mere presence in goal has breathed confidence in the defence around him, which has been the catalyst for the season so far. We know now that if we score one goal we can get three points, where as in past seasons we would have drawn or lost those games.

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Big Virgil and Joe Gomez have struck up a great partnership in defence, and the return of Lovren has helped too. Klopp has worked wonders with our defence, but lets hope it’s not to the detriment of the attacking side of our game.

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