Liverpool was not hurt by the lack of clean plates. The Reds have been unbeatable for 13 games so far this year, dropping just two points and holding an 8-point lead. Liverpool allowed only four targets and maintained eight clean sheets in the first 13 scenarios of the last campaign. Yet they dropped points three times during this stretch.
The current Reds are four points better than the 97-point machine a season ago, with its more porous defense. And that’s the clean sheet thing until they’re finished, they won’t matter. Once Liverpool is desperate to keep one, clean sheets will be no problem.
And only if the Reds want to hold the opposition goalless is if their goals clean on the other end of the pitch. And then the front-three will have more to handle than the back-five. Granting an aim was not a matter of concern in the last two seasons for the defense of Liverpool.
Liverpool did not lose a game in which they scored two or more goals in 105 games. Not after Swansea City’s 3-2 home defeat in January 2017. And in the last 54 league matches, the Reds haven’t scored points with two or more goals.
The people of Klopp have done everything while sacrificing their top choices and shuffling from the back of four centers. It was Dejan Lovren who put his fourth straight, faultless performance on the back of Virgil Van Dijk on Saturday in Selhurst Park.
Speak of the check of Rorschach. Liverpool gave the opponents hope after 2-0 but kept up to win in two of the six games that ended 2-1 this season. For two, Liverpool first granted before winning. And Liverpool allowed the opposition to equalize in two more, before winning.