Liverpool have conceded the most goals away from home in the Premier League but have conceded in just one in four at Anfield.
With the amount Liverpool let in at the back, the attackers have that added pressure on them to outscore their opponents.
Jurgen Klopp has a damming assessment of their game against Spurs where he believes their defensive frailties could cost them of a Champions League spot.
Liverpool have conceded the most goals away from home this season by a considerable margin. They’ve let in 15 goals in total which is three more than any other Premier League team. Following Sadio Mane’s dismissal at the Ethiad, Manchester City put five past Liverpool. Four more came this weekend during the Reds humiliating defeat at Wembley. Dejan Lovren was even prematurely substituted in the first half, following his abysmal performance.
The Croatian central defender was arguably at fault with Tottenham’s first two goal as he misjudged the flight of the ball twice to release Harry Kane They also conceded three goals against high flying Watford in their first game of the season. Two out of the three goals that day came from set pieces, which Liverpool are renowned to struggle with.
Despite these worrying statistics, Klopp’s side have only been unlocked by the Burnley front line at Anfield so far, in complete contrast to their awful away form. They have kept clean sheets against top-four rivals Arsenal, and Manchester united, as well as Crystal Palace. But the Reds have failed to keep out Newcastle and Leicester on their travels.
Reds’ attackers have to compensate for poor defence
So with all these goals going in at the wrong end, the Liverpool attackers will be feeling the pressure to deliver at the right end. Senegalese winger Sadio Mane had a fantastic start to the season, with three goals in his opening three league games, until his sending off against City halted his momentum.
As well as missing three games through suspension, Mane picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty. Liverpool missed him for their crucial games against Spurs and Manchester United. They picked up just one point from this pair of fixtures and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup during Mane’s absence.
Philippe Coutinho was a late arrival this season due to his ‘back injury’ but since his return, the Brazilian playmaker notched goals in his last four away games before Tottenham and was only denied a fifth consecutive away match with a goal by a world class save from Hugo Lloris. His Brazilian compatriot Roberto Firmino started off well but his form is fizzling out and was recently dropped by Klopp for their fixture against Newcastle.