No wins since New Years Eve, dumped out of the EFL Cup in the semi-finals and now knocked out in the FA Cup fourth round, Liverpool have officially gone into meltdown and coach Jurgen Klopp will be soul searching as to what has gone wrong with his talented squad.
In December Liverpool were 2nd in the league and one of the genuine favourites to catch up to Chelsea and give the Blues a run for their money, not so much now. Two draws and one loss has seen the team go into limbo- in more realistic terms 2nd to 4th and 10 points now adrift of Chelsea. Now both Manchester teams are lurking behind them and even a Champions League finish could be under threat.
Out of the two recent draws, one could be forgiveable- going to Old Trafford and claiming a point is nothing to be ashamed about, but the 2-2 draw at bottom placed Sunderland who have lost 15 of their 22 games thus far was the start of what would become a worrying decline for the Reds.
More surprises were to come- an expected 3 points at home to Swansea was squandered too easily, when they went down at home losing 3-2. The EFL Cup was supposed to be the bounce back, the rest bite that Klopp and his players needed. It was a semi-final against Southampton over two legs, the prize a possible Wembley final with arch rivals Manchester United, and yet the Saints beat them at their own game. Over 180 minutes they played disciplined, well calculated football, taking their chances, of which they had two glorious ones and scoring both times, thus each match was won 1-0, in a very, one could argue Italian way. The bottom line is that not only were Liverpool failing in the league they were also out of a cup.
On Saturday Liverpool had another chance to redeem themselves in the FA Cup over championship side Wolves. Not only would they be installed as instant favourites but also had the advantage of being at home. This was supposed to be the game where Liverpool start from scratch, re focus, get the good win here and build confidence for the next few weeks. After 55 seconds Klopp and his side were 1-0 down, at half time Wolves had doubled their lead.
Towards the end as expected Liverpool ramped up the pressure claiming a goal back through Divock Origi, and had they managed a late equaliser, they wouldn’t have deserved it. Klopp head in hands was disbelieving, though one could argue he was partially to blame for picking a clearly weakened squad.
Next for Liverpool is none other than Chelsea, here at Anfield in a crunch game in the Premier League that could see the visitors go a cool 13 points clear of Liverpool, which if the nail is in the coffin right now, the hammer would be applied with defeat.
What now for Klopp, who had a heart for heart talk with all of his players, it was supposed to be a clear the air talks, but right now that air is clearly polluted.