Dave Davis discusses whether or not Liverpool are just in a slump of form or in a real crisis situation.
At what stage do you get to a full-blown crisis? It all comes down to perspective in truthfulness. One side of the coin argues that compared to last season, we’re performing far better and are just outside the top four. The other side would point to January’s results, form and other circumstances surrounding the team. Maybe the truth isn’t really either, though.
January has been a disaster for Liverpool, whichever way you want to dress it up. The win against Plymouth in the FA cup was our only one of the entire month, which saw us knocked out of two cup competitions. We hoped that the return of certain players such as Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho would turn the tide for Jürgen Klopp’s outfit, but one win in nine games is poor by anyone’s standards.
The feeling has been compounded by the lack of incomings at Melwood. The only real activity was the loan exits of both Markovic and Sakho, despite constant talk of the need for speed in wide areas, amongst others. The message that came back from the club was that the manager had the funds to spend, but didn’t feel there was value in the market. Only time can be the real judge of that right now.
Liverpool are in the midst of a slump, though. Their form is that of relegation candidates but they’re only four points off second-placed Spurs, who they play this evening. Players who were in scintillating form at the start of the season don’t just become awful overnight and if they can spark into life, three points are more than obtainable come Saturday.
On the other side of the coin, though, a defeat will start to raise serious questions about what’s going on at Anfield. Fans have got the right to ask questions of any manager, without being accused of being disloyal. The top four would look like a hugely difficult task and we’d drop behind one of our old enemies. Owners, manager or whoever the ire was directed at, Twitter would be a poisonous place to frequent.
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