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Slow, slow start – Liverpool FC

The start of the 2022/23 season was Liverpool’s worst in eight years.

With just 10 points in their first seven Premier League games, Jurgen Klopp’s team are in the middle of the standings, behind the likes of Fulham, Brighton and Newcastle.

The draw with the Seagulls at Anfield last Saturday was the fourth for the Reds at the start of this season, in seven matches the Merseysiders won only two victories.

The last time Liverpool started a new season so poorly was eight years ago, when Brendan Rodgers was at the helm of the team.

For the Northern Irish specialist, the 2014/15 campaign was the last full-fledged campaign in Liverpool, and already in October 2015, Jurgen Klopp was invited to Anfield, who left Borussia Dortmund.

Then, eight years ago, the Reds also scored 10 points in their first seven games, but won one more.

Liverpool finished the 2014/15 season in sixth place with 62 points, while a year earlier the Merseysiders fought to the last for the league title and missed the main English trophy already at the finish line.

The Northern Irish specialist, now in charge of Leicester and experiencing some difficulties at the King Power, was fired in the campaign that followed the 2014/15 season.

After the departure of Rogers, Liverpool formed a new team for several more years, which eventually conquered the English Premier League, the Champions League, and even the Club World Cup.

The not-so-great start to the new season has been attributed to Reds supporters for several reasons, including problems in defensive play.

So, in the last 12 of 15 matches, Liverpool has consistently missed first, and a hat-trick by Leandro Trossard brought the total number of goals conceded by the Merseysiders in the Premier League to nine in seven games.

At the same time, only twice the Reds did not concede at all – in the match with Bournemouth, which was defeated by Klopp’s team with a score of 9: 0, and in the Merseyside derby, which ended in a goalless draw.

Liverpool are already 11 points behind first place, although the Reds have a game in hand. Liverpool will play their next two matches against top Premier League teams Arsenal and Man City.

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