Liverpool have been branded a ‘sieve’ by Spanish outlet Marca after a shocking defensive display in a 3-0 defeat by Wolves that set the sights on the struggling Reds’ Champions League last-16 clash with Real Madrid
- Liverpool languish in 10th in the Premier League table after the defeat
- A poor run of form leaves them on the back foot heading into the Champions League
- Liverpool will face Spanish giants Real Madrid later this month in the last-16
Liverpool’s recent poor form has seen them mocked by the Spanish media, with Marca calling Jurgen Klopp’s men a ‘sin’.
A torrid season for the Reds hit another low point on Saturday after they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who have scored just a top flight low of 12 goals this season ahead of the Molineux meeting.
Klopp’s Liverpool are yet to win a Premier League game in 2023, having also lost 3-1 at Brentford, 3-0 at Brighton, while also being held to a goalless draw by Chelsea at Anfield.
During that time, they got past Wolves after a replay in the FA Cup, but were knocked out in the fourth round following another defeat at Brighton, 2-1, at the end of January.
The Reds are now tipped to return to Champions League action later this month when they face Real Madrid in the last-16.
Alisson collects the ball during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Jurgen Klopp cannot explain the Reds’ drop in form at the start of 2023
Marca have been keen to focus on the defensive lapses of Klopp’s side this term, effectively saying the Reds have had as many holes as a sieve, before reporting the damning statistics of a team that many pundits and supporters consider who were title challengers at the start of the season.
Their report focuses on how Klopp’s Liverpool have been a ‘disaster’ this year while also scoring one goal in a spell in which they have conceded nine.
It also reports how 28 goals were conceded, and how the defense was breached more times than last season’s total (26).
At Molineux, Joel Matip scored an own goal after just five minutes, while Craig Dawson doubled the lead seven minutes later to leave the Reds stunned.
Wolves then added their third with 19 minutes to play through Ruben Neves.
Klopp was left fuming at his side’s poor showing in the Midlands, unable to explain his side’s slow start.
‘I have no explanation for you, I’m sorry. It has to change,’ he said.
‘These first 15 minutes cannot be allowed. It needs to change. I have no explanation. There is no reason for this.
‘We caused misery in the first 12 minutes. It couldn’t happen but it did. That’s really hard to swallow.
Ruben Neves scored Wolves’ third as they eased to a surprisingly comfortable win
Liverpool stars Jordan Henderson (left), Andy Robertson (centre) and Trent Alexander-Arnold were stunned by the latest defeat at Wolves
Liverpool return to Champions League action later in February against Real Madrid
You’re 2-0 down, the crowd is there but it opens up and we’re in control. Then for about 45 minutes we played a good fight without scoring. That pretty much sums it up.
‘It has to change. That’s the thing. I stood up again and for the first 15 minutes I had no explanation, I’m sorry.
‘In the end we lost 3-0 because the goal in the second half was probably the first time they crossed the halfway line. But it’s right because when you start like this you don’t deserve any Premier League games.’
News/Image Sources: Daily Mail