Missing Midfield

The midfield three of Gini Wijnaldum, Emre Can and Jordan Henderson may become more common than it should, sadly. With the Coutinho saga still weeks from complete resolution and Adam Lallana injured for the first few months, Liverpool entered this season already looking light. This trio did nothing to dispel that notion.

Incapable of providing proper support or creativity in attack nor enough cover and composure in defence, the midfield may actually be the bigger problem in the Reds ruptured defence. At no point could they assert any sustained control over the match. The only performer of the three was Can.

On the face of it, Wijnaldum simply had a poor game. His difficulties can be summed in the final minutes. Unable to finish a late, gilt-edged chance from the edge of the box that would have definitively ended the affair with a win, he failed to deal with the corner that resulted in a draw.

Still more concerning is Jordan Henderson. The captain has yet to look anything remotely close to the player that he was prior to injury. He was completely invisible and ineffective in the first half and continued to move as though in mud the whole match. It may be early but Hendo may need to be the first Klopp must forgo to bolster a decidedly dodgy defensive setup.

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