An obvious parallel with the 18/19 season shows Liverpool are still very much on course for European glory.

Liverpool suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday with a shock 3-0 defeat to Watford. While that was undoubtedly the worst result and performance thus far, it has been coming.

Liverpool lost 3-0 to Watford on Saturday.

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It continued a poor run of form, in fact. Before that came a shaky showing against West Ham United, with Liverpool needing to come from 2-1 down to win.

Then there was the defeat to Atletico Madrid before that. The Reds then scraped to a 1-0 win against bottom side Norwich City prior to that.

The Premier League game prior to Norwich was a 4-0 home demolition of Southampton and, importantly, was two weeks before. It was the last of a run that saw Liverpool win every league game and concede just three goals in two months.

Things haven’t been the same since that break. Liverpool don’t look solid and are a little lost up top – they’ve failed to score in two of their last three games.

 

The last time that happened? February 2019, funnily enough.

And that’s where the parallel comes in. Liverpool ended January 2019 with an 11-day break, that time because they were out of the FA Cup.

After that break, they drew five of their last seven. It was a run of form that saw them lose the title in the end.

Liverpool suffered a series of draws last February.

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But while it upset their momentum, we saw the benefits in Europe. Liverpool had more in the tank over the final rounds – best seen in the demolition of Barcelona or the way they controlled Tottenham Hotspur in the final.

Liverpool still need to get back on track and beat Atletico, of course. But if they do, the parallel with the Liverpool of 18/19 suggests this run is just a bump on the road to great things.

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