It’s no secret that Liverpool have had a bit of a baron run in terms of form up until Thursday night as the reds had won 1 game out of the last 7 and that was against a very young Villa side who did themselves proud against the premier league champions.
This spell was Liverpool’s worst run of form since January and February in 2017 where the reds endured a bit of a similar spell.
Following a a strong December in 2016, Liverpool’s form fell off a cliff as they entered the new year, winning just 2 games out of a possible 12 and all competitions, 1 of these games being an Fa Cup replay against Plymouth Argyle.
The reason for this less than adequate run of form plays from a similar hymn sheet as the one this season. Availability is absolute everything for a Jurgen Klopp side, however much like this season, there wasn’t much of it.
With a smaller squad than the current one, any injuries affected the team. In 2016/17 it was the front 3 that suffered rather the defence of this year.
Phillipe Coutinho missed around 8 weeks over the winter period and new signing Sadio Mane was at AFCON.
Liverpool Had Similar Issues
Joel Matip missed a few games with international issues as he had officially retired from playing for Cameroon however Cameroon would not go down without a fight and raised a dispute over the issue, leading the reds to miss their best defender for AFCON period despite him not going to the tournament.
The issues to now are very similar. Liverpool have struggled due to their best players being absent and any team who had lost a defensive partnership that had consecutively got them 97 and 99 point’s would feel the same.
There is light at the end of the tunnel though as in 2016/17, Liverpool re-ignited their season with a 2-0 win over last nights opponents Spurs and went on to win 8 out of the 13 remaining games and secured top 4 under Klopp for the first time.
That form would be considered just good 4 years later due to the previously high standards set in the last couple of years by Klopp’s men, yet the potential promise of a win against West Ham and a defensive reinforcement before the window closes could help the reds get right back on track in the title race and lead a full frontal assault on the Champions League. Only time will tell