Since the 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace back in December, Liverpool’s only win has come against an Aston Villa team made up of under 23 and under 18 players in the FA Cup. Jurgen Klopp’s men are without a win in five now; a run which has seen them fail to score in each of the last four Premier League games and even a loss to rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup.
So, what has gone so catastrophically wrong at Liverpool since the turn of the year? It is difficult to pinpoint, and it is well noted the Reds have fallen victim to a serious injury crisis, particularly at centre back with long term injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, however, their defence has remained relatively intact despite the injuries.
Despite this, the injury to Van Dijk was sustained on the 17th of October in the Merseyside derby, and Gomez a couple of weeks later in an England training session, so it is difficult to put their form down solely to these absences.
One thing is clear, Liverpool have been nowhere near as clinical as they have been in recent times. Add this to a lack of presence in the midfield area is worrying, as the likes of Henderson and Fabinho have had to drop back in the centre of defence with numbers incredibly slim there.
If Liverpool and Klopp want any chance of mounting any sort of a defence of their title in the second half of the season, they need to recapture the spark and basic performance levels that have served them so well over the last three seasons.