5 things Klopp must fix to address Liverpool’s slump and revive title defence

It never rains, it pours.

That's what it feels like on the red half of Merseyside at the moment as Liverpool battle through their worst slump in recent years.

Fortress Anfield was breached on Thursday night as the 68-game unbeaten run was ended by Burnley in a disappointing 1-0 defeat.

It stretched Liverpool's league run without a win to five games, four of which they've failed to score a single goal.

And there is little let-up for Klopp's side, as their upcoming fixture schedule includes clashes against Tottenham, Man City and Leicester.

With their season hanging in the balance, Klopp is on limited time to turn things round – but how?

Here are five things he must fix.

1. Get the front three working harder

A lot has been made about the Reds misfiring attack.

After their exploits of recent seasons, the struggling form of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane is not something we're used to – at least not all at the same time.

But it would go a long way if the trio upped their work rate both with and without the ball and began pressing as a pack again.

Start showing for passes more often, taking on defenders, put the opposition under more pressure. Just try something.

Chances will always be missed, possession lost, pressing traps evaded; so they may as well do so with at least some conviction.

Klopp blamed himself for Liverpool's failure to score against Burnley, but these are world class stars who need to take responsibility and start supplying the goals.

They're under extreme pressure to deliver, and are clearly lacking some belief – it's up to Klopp to alleviate the former and provide some of the latter.

2. Solve the Trent mystery

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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.

But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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What has happened to Trent Alexander-Arnold?

One of Liverpool's standout players of recent seasons, but he's struggled to reach anywhere near the same level this season.

He had the second highest number of assists in the Premier League during 2019/20 with 13, but has only got two so far midway through the current campaign.

The 22-year-old also collected the unwanted record of most passes given away to the opposition with a mammoth 38 against Southampton, when he didn't even play the whole game.

His display against Burnley was even more concerning, with some really poor crossing on show, and it has become a real quandary for Klopp.

Alexander-Arnold is so important to his team, and his manager needs to get him back to form sooner rather than later.

3. Put Henderson back in midfield

Klopp's hand has been somewhat forced with this one, given Joel Matip's latest injury and his declining faith in Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

Henderson seemed the most suitable choice for the clash at Southampton, and he barely put a foot wrong in either fixture he played at centre-back.

But the Reds need their captain at the heart of the team, driving them forward from midfield.

He was out injured against Burnley, so there was little Klopp could do there.

Now that Matip is back, though, it's time to get Henderson back in midfield where he belongs.

4. Give Minamino more of a chance

When your attackers aren't on song, you need a bit of back-up.

So it's a surprise that Klopp hasn't called on Takumi Minamino more in this barren run.

The Japanese forward has been at Liverpool a year now and is yet to be given a real chance in the side.

He failed to take his opportunity against Aston Villa's kids in the FA Cup, but he was hardly the only player not to show up, and can offer so much more.

With Divock Origi hardly thriving, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also struggling as part of the front three, Minamino's involvement would be a welcome decision.

5. Re-instill confidence

Now more than ever Liverpool need a bit of TLC behind the scenes and a boost to get them back playing to their usual standard.

The lack of fans at matches has no doubt hindered the Reds, who have often called on the '12th man' in the Anfield crowd to help them along.

Klopp's demure in recent weeks has become increasingly more doom and gloom, which isn't helping anyone, and his side are in desperate need of an injection of confidence.

A few more inspiring pep talks, some light-hearted training drills, team building exercises to put a smile back on the players' faces.

Hopefully then the results will come.

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