What's going on with Keita & 3 more burning questions to Klopp after Eagles win
A win is a win and Liverpool are doing great, however, Tribuna.com name some of the game aspects that we believe didn't go according to the manager's plan in the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace.
Did sacrificing James Milner at right-back pay off?
On the one hand, James Milner was one of the best on the pitch. On the other hand, it was justified by his usual insane work rate and offensive impact. Defensively, the natural midfielder was tortured by Wilfried Zaha and, as a conclusion, was sent off for two yellows after fouls on the winger. The Englishman fought with honour, however, wouldn't it have been better to put someone level to Zaha in pace in athleticism on the right or to provide Millie with more support from the midfield or his wing?
What's going on with Naby Keita?
Naby Keita was just a non-factor in the game against Crystal Palace once again. Absolutely invisible, poor and unimaginative, the Guinean was constantly failing to execute simple actions: no good passing, no defensive effort, no physicality and weird decision making and, most importantly, no visible passion and desire. If the tendency goes on, even injury-prone Adam Lallana would definitely appear to be a more viable midfield option. Is it about the position, about the adaptation or something else? Tough to say but Jurgen Klopp needs to solve that riddle as soon as possible.
Do Liverpool actually need no January transfers?
Fabinho played great at centre-back, Milner overall managed to cover a right-back spot. However, is it even a positive? Now that Fabinho is a doubt with an injury and James Milner's suspended, Liverpool only hope for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum to recover from injuries in 11 days before the Leicester game. The Reds' squad depth was praised ahead of the season, however, now the Reds clearly lack some back-up players and have only one, Xherdan Shaqiri, at his days good enough to replace someone of the starting XI.
The Reds sometimes suffer from the creativity issue, don't they?
The first half of the game against the Eagles was a poor one. However, such was the one against Brighton. Against City. And in numerous games. "We didn’t have enough players in the decisive areas," said Jurgen Klopp post-match. However, in fact, it seems that the Reds are still lacking a man who might be able to break through the buses the teams are putting in front of their goal in the matches against Liverpool this season. Don't Liverpool actually need a man, a playmaker, who would be able to destroy opponents defence with one sublime pass?