Liverpool’s Season of Misfortune: A Closer Look at Their Unlucky Streak

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Liverpool Sit Top of the League Despite Heavy Adversity

The resurgence of Liverpool has been quite sensational so far this season, with the Reds sitting top of the Premier League with 14 games to go. After a bitterly disappointing 2022-23 season, Jurgen Klopp’s men have bounced back brilliantly as they look to give him the send-off he deserves.

However, Liverpool’s brilliance on the pitch becomes all the more impressive when you consider the adversity they have faced this season. Klopp’s mentality monsters are seemingly back again and they’re going to take some stopping towards the end of this season.

But, what makes Liverpool one of the unluckiest teams in the league?

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Liverpool’s attack has been unstoppable at times this season, scoring 59 goals in 25 Premier League games. That’s more than any other Premier League team, with Arsenal scoring 58 and Manchester City scoring 57. Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota have provided their usual brilliance, whilst Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz have made huge steps in their progression at Anfield.

However, despite their brilliant attacking numbers, they could’ve easily had a whole lot more. Liverpool have hit the woodwork on 19 occasions, which is more times than any other team this season. Everton are second in that department with 14, whilst Tottenham Hotspur sit on 13.

Nine of those 19 have been from Darwin Nunez, who quite incredibly hit the woodwork four times in one game against Chelsea.

If Liverpool and Nunez had just been slightly more clinical, then draws against the likes of Luton Town, Manchester United and Arsenal could have easily turned into wins.

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Woeful Injury Record

Liverpool have had awful luck with injuries so far this season, below is a list of players who have had a considerable absence at some point:

Alisson Becker, Alexander-Arnold, Ibou Konate, Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas, Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago Alcantara, Wataru Endo, Alexis Mac Allister, Ryan Gravenberch, Curtis Jones, Dominik Szoboszlai, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Ben Doak, Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez

At the moment, Liverpool currently have nine players sidelined through injury. That number is the joint-most in the league alongside Sheffield United, Newcastle United and Chelsea. This unfortunate luck has only allowed Jurgen Klopp to name the same starting lineup for consecutive games on one occasion this season.

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VAR Issues

No Premier League club has suffered from the VAR shambles than Liverpool, so far this season. None more blatant than the disgraceful Luis Diaz disallowed goal at Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season.

In that same game, both Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota were wrongfully sent off and Liverpool were ultimately beaten 2-1 after a late own-goal by Joel Matip. We’ve also seen a baffling red card for Alexis Mac Allister in his home debut against Bournemouth.

In Liverpool’s 2-2 away draw at Brighton, Pascal Grob blatantly dragged Szoboszlai to the floor to deny a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but the midfielder was only given a yellow card. In contrast, Virgil Van Dijk saw red at Newcastle United earlier in the season for much less.

Liverpool’s Test of Character

Despite all of this adversity, Liverpool still sit top of the Premier League and are moving closer to a historic triumph. As mentioned above, all of these tests are only making Liverpool stronger it seems.

We could do with these sorts of things happening but if there’s any team that can defy the odds then it’s Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.

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