According to Liverpool icon John Aldridge, teams are no longer intimidated by the Reds as much as they were in previous seasons.
Despite an impressive five-game unbeaten streak with three consecutive wins and 11 goals scored and four conceded, Jurgen Klopp’s squad faces a challenging road to secure a top-four spot in the Premier League standings. Currently sitting in seventh place, they are trailing six points behind fourth-ranked Manchester United, who have a game in hand.
Liverpool has struggled to begin matches with a strong performance this season, and this has been one of their significant challenges. They have let in seven goals during the first ten minutes of Premier League games, a record inferior to only AFC Bournemouth’s (eight).
John Aldridge believes that teams are not fearful of attacking Liverpool from the outset this season, and the Reds have frequently been unable to handle the pressure exerted by their opponents, as per the Liverpool legend.
John Aldridge, speaking on LFC TV (via Inside Futbol), has stated that teams are not as intimidated by Liverpool as they once were: “I think teams this season are not scared of us as much as they used to be.” According to Aldridge, opponents have been more aggressive from the get-go this season, whereas in previous years, they were more hesitant and cautious due to Liverpool’s formidable attacking prowess. However, the Reds’ early season losses have emboldened their opponents to take a more attacking approach. Aldridge also acknowledges that Liverpool has not been able to handle the pressure and has succumbed too many times.
Liverpool’s hopes of winning any silverware this season have been dashed as they have been eliminated from all cup competitions. Nevertheless, they are still optimistic about securing a top-four spot in the Premier League, although their prospects seem slim.