We need to talk about Liverpool: the Premier League’s biggest letdowns
Top of the Premier League table having just defeated Tottenham Hotspur to book themselves a place in the EFL Cup quarter-final, with their fans feeling confident about their chances of silverware.
That’s a position Liverpool were in just two months ago – but plenty has changed since then.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have won just seven of their last 17 games, falling some 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea and losing 2-0 on aggregate in their EFL Cup semi-final clash with Southampton.
But it’s yesterday’s Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers which will have arguably hurt Liverpool fans the most.
It means the Reds now have nothing to play for this season, except for a fight for a top four place – something which seemed all but guaranteed just a few weeks ago.
Klopp’s decision to field a relatively inexperienced side at Anfield on Saturday afternoon came much to the surprise of both fans and pundits alike – especially when you consider the fact that they’ve won just one major trophy since 2006.
This competition – had it have been taken seriously by Klopp – provided the German boss with the perfect opportunity to turn this season into a successful one.
But it’s now hard to measure exactly what the Merseyside outfit have to do to call this campaign anything other than satisfactory come May.
Last season’s eighth-placed finish went relatively unnoticed given Leicester City’s heroics and Chelsea’s horror year.
Anything but a Liverpool win against the Blues on Tuesday night could leave Liverpool in sixth-place by the time the week is over. And should their rivals across the city, Everton, manage to beat Stoke, they could find themselves just six points off the Reds.
So often has it been the case since Klopp took over that fans have been willing to give the former Borussia Dortmund manager the benefit of the doubt.
And granted, when they’re in the mood, they’re one of the most attractive sides in the league to watch.
But the only thing we’ve seen consistently at Anfield since October 2015 is Liverpool’s inconsistency.
While Klopp undoubtedly gets the best out of his players in the so-called big games, complacency against weaker sides has been a constant issue.
Remarkably, 12 of their 16 domestic defeats under Klopp have come against sides either currently in the bottom-half of the Premier League or in a lower division.
Should fans be calling for his head? Probably not – yet.
But something has to change very soon at Liverpool, or the club’s wait for a major trophy will continue to go on.
What do fans think? Has Klopp been lucky to avoid criticism up to this point?
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