The 2022/2023 English Premier League, EPL, season is no doubt leaving the football community surprised with several teams struggling to hit the ground running despite having a fantastic campaign in the previous seasons. Leicester City, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United among other notable teams are all struggling to win games.
And talking of Liverpool, the Jurgen Klopp’s men have found it extremely difficult to keep up with their usual competitors Manchester City whom despite their poor start into games, dominates into the final minutes of the matches to grasp a win and thus, leaving their opponents fuming.
So far, the Merseyside based club have only managed to bag 9 points out of a possible 18, with them losing one game and managing to come out with a point in 3. Hence, these stats without a doubt hints on a potential downfall of the United arch rivals after almost five seasons of dominance alongside Manchester City.
What could have led to the struggle of the Jurgen Klopp’s men? Allowing Senegalese superstar, Sadio Mane leave during the summer transfer window for Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich seems to have been the beginning of the downfall of the Reds.
Mane had a fantastic campaign in his five-year spell in the Red shirt since his sensational move to the Anfield Stadium from Hampshire based club, Southampton FC in a £30million deal.
In 259 appearances for the Reds, the star winger managed to bag 120 goals as well as providing 48 assists to his name. Besides, his partnership with Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah proved to be the real masterstroke as they gave nightmare to defenders.
With only Firmino and Salah left at the club, opponents are now getting it easy to defend against the Jurgen Klopp’s side as Luiz Diaz and Darwin Nunez are yet to master the attacking press imployed by their German tactician. The speed, dribbles and the energy of Sadio Mane in the forward line is greatly missed at the Anfield Stadium.