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Liverpool are playing like Rafa Benitez's Reds in 2008/09

Liverpool are dropping points too often and are at risk of turning into the Reds that Rafa Benitez managed in 2008/09 who famously ‘almost’ won the Premier League.

The frustrating 3-2 defeat to West Ham means that Jurgen Klopp’s men have now dropped points on five occasions, winning just six of their 11 Premier League games this season.

It was a missed opportunity as Chelsea dropped points in a 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday. But Liverpool are now four points off the top of the table and a point behind West Ham in fourth place.

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It reminds me a lot of Liverpool under Rafa Benitez during the 2008/09 season when they drew 11 games and lost two.

With Chelsea looking as if they could run away with the title in December – unless Manchester City or Liverpool get their act together – Jurgen Klopp needs to have a long, hard look at the issues in his side.

Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were toothless in the middle of the park and allowed Jarrod Bowen to run right down the middle of the pitch, without anyone laying a hand on him in the build-up to the second goal.

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It is really disappointing to see Liverpool play so poorly in games like these, and it is even worse when you consider that Trent Alexander-Arnold’s world-class free-kick now counts for nothing.

They needed something special to get back into the game but they lacked that quality in the second half.

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