The UEFA gods were kind to Liverpool this year, gifting them with a group they should have progressed through easily. But so far their performances have not backed up that idea. Two draws in two games have them tied for second behind Sevilla. Drawing with the Spanish outfit was frustrating enough, but Tuesday’s performance against the struggling Spartak Moscow has put many fans on edge.
It’s a similar situation to the ones we’ve seen throughout this whole short season. Liverpool’s defense let them down and their offense couldnt find a way to pick of the slack. Great chances were missed, much hair was ripped from heads in annoyance and frustration.
Now through with two of their six games, progress to the knockout rounds has started gotten much more nervy.
Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp, though disappointed with Tuesday’s result, still has confidence that his team will see it through.
Speaking after the game, the manager said, "Yes, we are strong enough to go through this group, but we have to do it; when the door is open, you still have to walk through it and the door is not even open, we can [just] see a little bit of light in behind.
"But we will be ready to go through because the boys really work hard. You can see that they really want [it]. In the moment, how I said… it’s not a cross and we can shoot there, deflected and it goes there… you have sometimes these situations. Stay cool, carry on, work hard and you will succeed in the end."
A team with the attacking talent of Liverpool should be able to find a path to victory, but September has not been kind to the Reds. They need to start taking advantage of the clear cut chances they’re creating in spades and putting these games away early.