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If you are struggling that means you’re progressing but for Liverpool, the progress is hardly quantifiable.
The appointment of Jurgen Klopp to take over the reins of power from the sacked Brendan Rodgers was met with adulation of the fans, given his successful spell at Borussia Dortmund.
Three years on however- with no silverware to show despite making it to two cup finals- the Anfield faithful are coming to terms with the harsh reality that they may have quite rightly seen their best days.
Carabao Cup exit
The Carabao Cup was the most realistic trophy Jurgen Klopp could have secured to settle the nerves at Anfield. Liverpool however suffered a shock defeat to Leicester City, bowing out in the Third Round following a 2-0 slump at the King Power Stadium in September.
Worse off was the fact that the Merseyside club completely outplayed their Premier League counterparts, only to rue their missed chances against the clinical Foxes.
The defeat was met with shock but the compounding concern from the owners may soon transform into a major tremor.
Premier League gone
Contention for the Premier League title this season was tipped to learn towards Manchester for the simple reason that the antagonistic rivals had assembled artillery worthy of European conquest.
The sky blue side of Manchester is however tantalizingly poised to depose Chelsea of the Premier League crown after a blistering launch to the current campaign. City are without a loss after eleven games in the League but could face stern resistance from United and Spurs whom they are yet to play.
Given that Manchester City inflicted a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on their way to the summit of the League, the Reds- who are fifth on the log and 12 points adrift of City- are but mere spectators in the chase for the Premier League title.
Potential trophyless season
Liverpool have everything to play for in the Champions League and the FA Cup, but what are the chances of the Reds conquering Europe?
Jurgen Klopp’s fate at Liverpool seemingly hinges on the promise of repeating his Dortmund exploits and the occasional entertaining football, but the parquetry of enduring a potentially trophyless campaign is as realistic as they come.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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