Nottingham increases the ordeals of Leeds and moves away from the relegation zone… The mystery of Liverpool’s decline is controversial
International striker Harry Kane was the only one with the title of the historic scorer for Tottenham, with the goal that led his team to victory over Manchester City, yesterday, in the twenty-second stage of the “English Premier League”, preventing the latter from narrowing the gap with leaders Arsenal, while Nottingham Forest achieved a valuable victory over Its guest, Leeds 1-0, moved away from the relegation zone.
Second-placed City did not take advantage of Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Everton, the day before yesterday, as it could have reduced the difference to only two points in the lead struggle, and missed the opportunity to keep the difference 5 points.
Tottenham raised its balance to 39 points in fifth place, while City’s balance stopped at 45 points, 3 points behind its third neighbor Manchester United.
Tottenham succeeded in avenging its defeat in the first leg 2-4 at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago, and with the goal he scored just a quarter of an hour after the start of the match, Kane raised his tally to 267 goals in 416 matches he played with the team in various tournaments, to be the only historical scorer for Tottenham, ahead of him by one goal. On former star Jimmy Greaves, who scored 266 goals for the team in 379 matches, during the period from 1961 to 1970, while Kane scored his goals from 2010 until now.
Forest striker Johnson celebrates his wonderful goal (Reuters)
Kane’s goal against City was his 200th with Tottenham in the English Premier League.
In another match, yesterday, Nottingham Forest moved 6 points away from the relegation zone by defeating its guest Leeds 1-0 with a wonderful goal by Welshman Brennan Johnson.
Johnson scored the only goal of the match in the 14th minute with a shot “on the fly” from outside the penalty area, and Costa Rican international goalkeeper Keylor Navas (36 years) starred in his first match with Nottingham after he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain on loan in the winter transfer window, to contribute In winning his team the three points.
Neco Williams was close to adding Forest’s second goal from a counterattack at the beginning of the second half, but he shot above the goal after he penetrated from almost the middle of the field, after which the team did not advance much forward and relied more on the defensive bloc and the brilliance of Navas.
Nottingham raised its score to 24 points in the thirteenth place, after achieving its third victory in the last 4 league matches, while Leeds remained without a win since last November, occupying the seventeenth place, a center away from the relegation zone, on goal difference, against Everton, who achieved A resounding surprise, Saturday, when he beat leaders Arsenal.
After the meeting, Williams said: “What a wonderful start (for Navas)! He saved tough chances. He saved our chance and we are so grateful for what he did. What a wonderful career and what a wonderful current career! It is not easy to play your first match in the Premier League against Leeds. He continued, “It was a difficult start to the season. We didn’t know each other, and it was hard to get along on and off the field. We have adapted together and are starting to get results.”
On the other hand, the decline of the Liverpool team continues to confuse observers, as the team that was fiercely competing with City for the league title last season, and even the four titles available locally and in Europe, has become an easy catch for its competitors, this season, the last of which was the resounding 3-0 fall against Wolverhampton to drop to tenth place. with 29 points. And before his next three matches, which will not be easy, first in the derby against Everton, then against Newcastle IV, which is presenting a good level recently, and then against Spanish Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League final, the German Jurgen Klopp, coach of the Liverpool team, does not find, Any words he defends himself or his players.
When Liverpool fell to Brighton 3 weeks ago in the league, 3-0, Klopp commented, “It is the worst loss in my coaching career.” But after falling by the same score against Wolverhampton, the German coach admitted that there were technical problems from the team, and said: “What An event that was the embodiment of all our problems. In a match like that, these mistakes were not allowed. You can criticize or judge us and you will be right. What happened in the first 12 minutes cannot be allowed to happen again. The start of the match was unfortunate, it was the opposite of what we should do, I cannot explain what happened, this cannot happen, we caused the problems that afflicted us, and this is what everyone can see.
Klopp continued, “I do not think that the players are at their best, but I know how good they are. Those things happen because we did not help ourselves at that time. I did not lose confidence in the players, but I know very well what we need to develop.”
What Klopp said was not surprising, given the poor performance presented by Liverpool, the declining and lackluster levels, and the disorientation on the field, lacking solutions. Liverpool players, during the last five rounds, seem to have lost any understanding or cooperation between them, as if they are playing with each other for the first time.
Thus, the huge decline in the level of this great team continues, and it is very difficult to know where the error is from. Certainly, the team was very tired as a result of continuing to compete for 4 championships until the end of last season, which Klopp admitted. It is quite clear that the poor results had great repercussions on the players’ self-confidence, in addition to the pressure imposed by the fact that a number of the team’s most important players were injured, but this does not justify the group’s failure to play with the ferocity, strength, dynamism and dynamism that distinguished it in the past, just as it failed in The application of the method of high and continuous pressure on the ball carrier, but rather the opponent is what is doing it against them in order to reveal the imbalance in the midfield and defense lines. Liverpool’s chance-making rate has fallen to just 60 chances in 20 Premier League matches this season, making it the third worst team in the league in this statistic behind Leeds United and Fulham.
The Klopp scene, usual last season shouting and directing his players, has turned this season into a bowed head and a return to sitting sullen on the bench, as if there are things beyond that that are going on on the field going through his mind, realizing that danger is coming.
Certainly, the angry reaction in Klopp’s words reflects the poor condition that Liverpool is suffering from, this season, as it was eliminated from the two local cup championships, and the dream of competing for the league, or even the position among the top four, is out of reach, and the team has nothing but the Champions League title. Europe! In its current situation, Liverpool does not seem to be able to argue with the European summit teams, just as it seemed that Klopp had lost his luster and charm, and was no longer able to advance.