It didn’t come as a surprise. Sunday’s defeat of Liverpool by Manchester City was a result many expected even although the results may have exceeded expectations.
Liverpool’s title hopes can be best described as over at the moment with City now sitting 10 points ahead of them at the top of the table with a game in an hand.
The defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side means Liverpool are without a win at Anfield since the dawn of 2021. It also makes it their third consecutive defeats at their home ground.
Change, indeed, is constant. About this time last year, the Reds were in arguably their best form, defeating other rival teams at will and enjoyed a huge lead at the top of the table.
That was Liverpool of then, though. This team clearly lacks motivation to win, the sort that made them seemingly unstoppable last year.
The absence of their key defenders is clearly a major blow to their hopes of replicating their last year’s heroics.
On Sunday, Liverpool’s struggle in the absence of their major defenders was glaring. Two errors from Alisson Becker and a goal apiece from Foden and Gündoğan condemned Jürgen Klopp’s side to a 4-1 defeat.
But aside the problematic defence, their attacking trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino have become largely toothless with each of them struggling for form.
As it stands, Liverpool will need a miracle to make top four, considering the form of Everton and other rival teams.
The early Klopp finds how to get his team back to their best again, the better for them.