Jurgen Klopp’s team have lost three successive matches and trail current leaders Manchester City by 10 points, despite having played a game more. Liverpool currently sit sixth in the league standings – trailing West Ham and Chelsea for a Champions League spot.
Liverpool, too, have won just three of their previous 12 matches and are without a league victory at Anfield since December 16.
Such a barren run of form undoubtedly represents the toughest period of Klopp’s Liverpool tenure so far. And as a result, Shearer thinks that Liverpool could struggle to get back in the top-four.
The Premier League’s all-time top-scorer was asked to predict the final league standings for 2020/21. In response, he said: “City to win it. I think Chelsea, I do think Leicester – really impressed with them. Either Manchester United or Liverpool to miss out, if you push me, I think Liverpool could.
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“I just think defensively, they look all over the place. They have put a youngster in, the new signing. It’s a big ask for him to come in and shore up that defence.”
What RTK has to say
Yes, it’s easy to say that Liverpool will finish outside the top-four when the team is currently performing the worst it has in years.
It’s worth remembering, though, that these same pundits were saying that the Reds were going to stroll to another league triumph only last month.
With that said, we shouldn’t be drawn too much into predictions with 14 matches of the league campaign still to play.
As we’ve seen with Liverpool in the past, Klopp’s team are very capable of going on a 10 to 12 match winning run. The key is ensuring there is some consistency with the manager’s selection process in the coming weeks.
The Reds can ill-afford to keep chopping and changing their teamsheet every week – even though at present, injuries have enforced Klopp to do so.
Hopefully, with Ozan Kabak finding his feet and Fabinho due to return soon, Liverpool can finally have string together some momentum to climb up the league table.
The players are certainly capable of doing so, after all. As we’ve seen all too many times in recent years, writing off Liverpool so early is a very dangerous game.