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Liverpool will only realize the severity of recent form when AFCON starts in January

Liverpool have dropped 11 points in six separate games, but the severity of doing so will only be felt in January when their AFCON stars leave.

Jurgen Klopp’s side dropped three points against West Ham, two against Brighton and two against Brentford, not to mention failing to hold onto a lead against Manchester City and failing to beat 10-man Chelsea at Anfield.

In total, the Reds have dropped 11 points this season – an average of one point per game. At this rate, they would only get 76 points this season and that is not the most concerning aspect.

While Jurgen Klopp has had to deal with several midfield injuries, he hasn’t yet had to navigate the spell of games without his key African stars in Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita.

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This is the final international break before the end of the year. Once the Premier League commences, the festival football fixture list will commence.

It’s a key period in the English football calendar and Liverpool almost need to win every game to stay in the title race, with eight league games left to play in 2021.

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If Liverpool can take 21 out of 24 points over the next month or so, they will be firmly back in the reckoning. But if the draws continue to pile up, or if the Reds lose more than one game, it is difficult to see them keep pace with Chelsea and Manchester City.

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