Something isnt right at Liverpool – but theres one change that can banish recurring problem

Something isn\t right at Liverpool - but there\s one change that can banish recurring problem

Andy Robertson says Liverpool need to rediscover missing spark

• Jürgen Klopp leads inquest following Red Star defeat• Liverpool have won only three of their last nine games

Klopp said Liverpool lost their mojo during the Group C reverse on Tuesday and sought answers from his players on their return to Melwood. Andy Robertson described Liverpools overall form as effective but lacking its usual spark, an analysis supported by the teams best start to a Premier League season yet also a run of three wins in nine matches in all competitions.

We have the team and squad to fight for the titles of both competitions, Firmino told Goal. Last season it was like that, when we reached the Champions League final and also did very well in the Premier League, although City managed to open a good lead and did not give anyone a chance to catch up.

Read more The result in Belgrade was Liverpools third consecutive away defeat in the Champions League, the clubs worst run at the highest level of European competition since 1979. A win at Paris Saint-Germain this month combined with a positive result for Napoli at home to Red Star would secure a place in the knockout phase for last seasons beaten finalists.

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I think its one of those periods we need to get through, Robertson said. Last season everyone was used to us scoring four or five goals. That cant be possible every single game. At times weve dug out results, in the Premier League more so this season.

Despite Liverpools improving form Firmino has struggled for goals, scoring just once in his last 10 matches. Mohamed Salah has also been unable to reach the highs he achieved last campaign, where he netted 44 times in all competitions.

Maybe its not been as good to look at but weve been effective at it. Maybe we are missing a bit of a spark in terms of not winning four- or five-nil in most games but if he [Klopp] thinks that then we need to try to get it back. We need to come together as a team and try to give what the gaffer wants, try to get the spark and try to win games more comfortably.

“But the club knew where to strengthen and brought important players, including them Alisson, Fabinho and [Xherdan] Shaqiri. We have everything we need to have another great season.

Liverpool have suffered defeat in the Champions League and Carabao Cup while sustaining an impressive challenge to Manchester Citys defence of the Premier League title. Klopps decision to introduce Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Joël Matip into the starting lineup against Red Star arguably contributed to the disjointed display but Robertson denies Liverpools focus has wavered outside the Premier League.

The defender said: Its just games that we havent shown up in. Theyre probably the only ones this season that we havent, for whatever reason. I dont think it determines what competition its in.

Everyone looks at Liverpool in a different way, always expecting great games and many goals. We have experienced players who know how to deal with any type of criticism.

Klopp regularly conducts analysis with his players the day after a game, having reviewed the match himself at least twice but Wednesdays debrief assumed a more critical air given the nature of defeat and the precariousness of Liverpools position in the group.

The Reds are currently third, level on points with second placed Chelsea and just two points behind leaders Manchester City, with all three sides still unbeaten.

You dont forget about these results quickly, Robertson said. The gaffer, win or lose, always speaks more the day after because thats when he can clear his head and thats where he gets the best out of us.

Liverpool in contrast could only finish fourth, 25 points adrift of Pep Guardiolas side, though they did beat City on route to the Champions League final.

Liverpools trip to the Parc des Princes on 28 November has assumed greater importance for both teams after this weeks results. Robertson insists Klopps side will be confident of victory despite their poor European away form. Its a tight group and itll go right to the wire, the left-back said. Were still confident well get through but we need to prove that now.

Its helped the team develop and return to being one of the title contenders here in England and one of the main players in Europe.

We believe we can win every game, thats always been the case with us. Away from home last season we were very good in the Champions League. This season weve found that a bit difficult. Arguably were still to play the best team away and we need to put in a much better performance than we have done so far.

As a result Firmino believes the Merseysiders are well placed to push City all the way as they seek a first league title since 1990.

Jurgen Klopp held his European post-mortem at Melwood on Tuesday after opting not to give his players a dressing down in Serbia.

Liverpool were humbled 2-0 by Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday to leave their Champions League qualification hopes in the balance.

Klopp said immediately after the match that he thought his side had lost their “mojo” but he stopped short of blasting his players in Serbia and instead took the three-hour flight to watch the game again.

However, the Brazilian isnt too concerned about the form of individuals, as long as the team are still picking up results.

The Daily Express claims the German boss usually watches game footage again before speaking to his side and he also spent Wednesday morning analysing the shock defeat before holding an inquest at training.

The early signs suggest Klopps investment has worked, with Liverpool making an impressive start in the Premier League.

Klopp is understood to have held a lengthy meeting with the squad detailing where they went wrong against Red Star – their second away-day defeat in Europe this season.

City strolled to the Premier League title last campaign, registering 100 points and scoring 106 goals in the process.

Andy Robertson on Tuesday night revealed that Wednesday’s meeting was expected and in line with the routine Klopp follows after defeats.

Roberto Firmino says Liverpool have the strength in depth to challenge Manchester City for silverware this season.

The lads are disappointed, said Robertson. Theres no hiding that. You dont forget about these results quickly and thats what happens.

The gaffer, win or lose, he always speaks more the day after the game because thats when he can clear his head and thats where he gets the best out of us, where he can talk from his thoughts.

Its no different if we win or lose but well definitely have a debrief and Im sure a few things will be said.

After Klopp’s dressing down the squad went through a cool-down session in preparation for the Sunday’s Anfield date with Fulham.

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