Former Liverpool player Steve Nicol thinks Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will struggle to fix their “fatigue problem” this season.
Having gone unbeaten for almost four years at home in the league, Jurgen Klopp’s side have now lost back-to-back matches at Anfield after Brighton repeated Burnley’s 1-0 victory of a fortnight ago.
Liverpool have now failed to score in three consecutive home league games for the first time since October 1984 – not the form required ahead of the visit of in-form Premier League leaders Manchester City.
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That has left fans and pundits wondering why they have been off the boil this campaign with ex-Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley putting it down, in part, to the fatigue of the Reds’ full-backs.
Speaking on ESPN, Burley said: “It is no surprise that in Klopp’s system and in his way that he plays, the full-backs probably have to do the biggest shift.
“There might be some data that tells you a midfielder runs more on the odd occasion but if you watch Liverpool over the last three years, those two boys in particular have run the whole length of the field and back for 90 minutes.
“That looks like it’s biting them in the backside now because they are getting up and down, but it’s laboured. And you can only ask people to do it for so often. There’s lots of reasons but I think that’s a big one.”
When asked how Klopp fixes the issue, Burley’s fellow pundit Nicol said: “If it’s a fatigue problem, it’s not going to be fixed. There isn’t time to recover, there isn’t time to rest people. They have to get on with it. They have to find a way.”