Out of options and out of sorts, Liverpool have endured an abysmal eight days that has seen them lose three home games on the bounce: ignominiously knocking them out of two cup competitions- the EFL Cup and FA Cup.
If the shock defeat to Swansea in the Premier League last weekend was a mere bump, then what ensued was to be a massive pothole, one that heavily dented their quest for silverware.
Out of the EFL Cup
News of Philippe Coutinho’s agreement to pen a contract extension that will see him ply his trade at Anfield till 2022 came as a timely boost ahead of Southampton’s visit in the EFL Cup second leg semi-final, but even that was seemingly not enough to see them through to Wembley.
Ironically tagged as massive underdogs, the Saints held the advantage going into the tie having won the first leg by a solitary goal.
Their trip to Merseyside wasn’t any different, as a Shane Long strike deep into injury time ensured the misfiring Reds were consequently knocked out of the EFL Cup- losing 2-0 on aggregate.
Out of the FA Cup
Jurgen klopp’s charges did all but redeem themselves on Saturday, as their trophy hopes were dealt a heavy blow: this time round losing 2-1 to second tier Wolverhampton Wanderers in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup within a span of four days, pressure is without question compounding on the German manager.
With no European commitments this season, their only piece of silverware up for grabs- realistic or otherwise- is the Premier League title.
Nonetheless going by their recent string of results, Liverpool have neither the depth nor the mentality to be crowned champions of England.
One apparent revelation is how adversely Sadio Mane has been missed by the Reds.
Currently away on national duty with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, Mane’s cutting edge presence has been lacking in the squad, as both Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have failed to find the goals let alone complement the performances of Coutinho and Firmino.
No chance with the Premier League
Senegal have dominated the continental showdown and could go all the way to the final, further adding onto Liverpool’s misery of waiting for at least another week for the 24-year old striker.
Already 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, the writings on the wall convey a grim picture that Liverpool’s season is done and dusted with no hopes of a trophy: more so with the Blues’ dominance of the Premier League.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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