Trent in midfield, Van Dijk back and learn from Everton: How Klopp can rebuild Liverpool's shattered confidence
It’s become a regular feature for Liverpool this season, the old Monday morning post-mortem. The video analysis room at the AXA Training Centre is getting plenty of use at the moment, as Jurgen Klopp, his players and staff search for answers and, more importantly, a way out of the Reds’ current crisis.
In a campaign filled with unpleasant surprises, Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Wolves represented a new low. It left Liverpool 10th in the Premier League table, out of both domestic cups and having won only one of seven games in all competitions since the turn of the year.
They are 11 points off the top four - a stated ‘minimum aim’ at the start of the season - and closer to the bottom of the league than they are the top. Their run of three successive away league defeats is their worst in 11 years, and they are currently on course to record their lowest points total since the 2011-12 campaign.
In a candid, and at times tetchy, post-match press conference at Molineux, Klopp insisted that he still believed in his ability to turn things around, but admitted that his players’ confidence was at rock bottom. Rebuilding that, he said, would be key, especially with a Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield next up.
How exactly, though, can he do that? What can the manager do to spark his underperforming stars into life?
GOAL takes a look…