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The Fall Of Liverpool: What’s Gone Wrong For The Current Premier League Champions?

What has really driven the fall of Lvierpool this season? Is it the number of injuries in their starting 11 or is it mentality?

Liverpool fell to their sixth successive Anfield defeat last weekend as they were beaten 1-0 by relegation battling Fulham. This recent disappointing run of form has meant that their hopes of retaining the title are effectively over so here we’ll take a closer look at what exactly has gone wrong for Jurgen Klopp’s men this season. 

An injury-hit season

It’s fair to say that Liverpool haven’t had the best of luck on the injury front since the start of this campaign with multiple first team players being put on the sidelines for the long term. 

The Reds’ three main centre-backs in Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have been confirmed to all be out for the rest of the season. 

Even though two new defenders were signed in the January transfer window in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies, it’s been the Brazilian international Fabinho who has mostly been playing cover at the back. As a result of this, he hasn’t been able to create the same impact in midfield as he normally would in his natural position. 

Two additional players who were out for three months each were Diogo Jota and Thiago  which could be one of the many reasons why Liverpool have missed that creative spark going forward. 

What are the chances of a top 4 finish?

Ahead of their trip to Wolves on Monday night, the Reds currently find themselves sitting in 8th place on 43 points, just seven outside of the top four with 10 fixtures remaining. 

With recent losses against the likes of Chelsea and Everton, one of the main issues has been that Liverpool have created more than enough chances to go out and win the games but don’t seem to be clinical enough in the final third. 

The Manager’s thoughts

When speaking during his post-match interview on Sunday, Klopp spoke of his players not having ‘’the mentality we are used to’’ but stressed that ‘’the boys want to win games’’. 

The German manager added ‘’It (the top four) is really not my concern at the moment. I cannot think about that. We have to win a football game. We have to win one football game, that would be helpful already.’’

Strong Champions League display

Despite their underwhelming performances in the Premier League, Liverpool have shown a much better display of late in the Champions League where the European magic has continued as they have just booked their place in the Quarter-Finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory over RB Leipzig. 

If they were to go on and win the competition, trophy number seven would be added to the cabinet and would automatically give them a place in next year’s tournament regardless of if they were to finish in the top four. 

This campaign has been a struggle for Liverpool on many different levels but one thing is for sure, there are still multiple opportunities for the Reds to close the gap between now and the end of the season.

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