Sitting 12 points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City and only 13 league games to go, a top four finish is practically impossible for Liverpool to achieve this term. Especially when you take into account the huge gap between the Reds and the current top four sides in regards of both form and quality.
It’s acceptable and understandable that Jurgen Klopp’s first year at Liverpool is an experimental season rather than a campaign of miracles.
However, the question remains: Is the revered coach brave enough to face the gloomy results and act on them in order to truly lay a solid foundation for the next season?
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Jordon Ibe is not the next Raheem Sterling
Having made 20 league appearances - starting eight, Jordon Ibe has not yet registered a single goal in the Premier League and his one assist is not nearly enough to justify his disappointing performances.
Meanwhile, from Liverpool’s 1-2 FA Cup defeat to West Ham United on Tuesday night, we can actually see that the interplay between technically gifted playmakers like Philippe Coutinho and Joao Teixeira created much more inspiring offense than the 20-year-old blindly taking on experienced defenders on the flanks with a poor success rate.
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There is no doubt that Klopp has high hopes and reportedly a great relationship with the youngster. However, it’s time for the German coach to realise Ibe’s limited potential and intelligence as a footballer. And it is becoming increasingly apparent by frequently picking the wrong time and place to dribble, missing the best chances to make a crucial pass and even leading to some dangerous moments after being dispossessed.
No other choice than cashing in on Christian Benteke
Klopp has once again, been put in a difficult position. As Liverpool’s helmsman, there is little he can do besides back the £32 million striker every time he has squandered a one-on-one opportunity. And yet, as Benteke’s confidence continues to decline with every dismal offensive display.
The big front man now appears to favour linking up the play for his teammates in the wide positions or around the edge of the box over trying to make things happen in the penalty area.
Needless to say, there are many players in Liverpool’s squad capable of what Benteke is currently offering on the pitch at the moment.
Therefore, the Belgian forward, with such impotent pace and poor finishing, is million miles away from living up to the No.9 jersey at Anfield.
It's not going to be easy, but Christian Benteke was an unwise investment and should be moved on sooner rather than later.