At the time of writing this, Liverpool are seventh on the Premier League table. Shocking for a club that was, quite literally, a few games away from winning the much-famed quadruple last season. It is, frankly, so disappointing. The club needs signings badly, and there are a lot of other things that need to be changed for Liverpool to come back to the way they used to play in the past.
As I said, Liverpool are seventh on the table. They won two games in a row which gave them confidence, but then got smashed to pieces by Real Madrid, and now have drawn their very next game, this time against Crystal Palace in a stalemate.
That leaves them seven points away from the top four spots, although having played a game less. I mean, if you look at it this way, then things actually don’t look that bad for Liverpool. It seems like they might make it to the top four if they are able to get some consistency going.
But, this season, weirdly enough, that is not how it works. It is the teams below and above them, that have a say in the matter as well. Some teams have played 25 games, and some have played 22. Brighton have yet to play today’s game, so they are down by 1 point but have played one less game than Liverpool.
Newcastle, 5th placed, have played one less game than Tottenham, which means the same amount of games as Liverpool. Many of these things have a say in the matter, because there are so many games that were either moved or postponed because of one reason or the other.
And, we have to address the main problem, even if the Champions League spots seem close, just how consistent have Liverpool been this season to assume they would win every single remaining game, or that they’d take advantage of their games in hand, or they’d get some consistency going and enter the top 5 as soon as possible? They draw the games they should win, they lose the games they would’ve blown out of the water last season, there’s nothing that makes me think that Liverpool will drop minimal points from this point on until the end of the season.
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Of course, not playing in the Champions League might still get them Bellingham, but that can’t be said for all the players they are interested in. I think it’s really difficult for the Reds to get into the top four because of the competition they face, but the only good thing is that they still have 15 games left to play.