Jamie Carragher fears that Liverpool could be “fighting for their lives” to qualify for next season’s Champions League after their upcoming run of games.
The Reds sat top of the Premier League on Christmas Day but have since failed to win in five matches. What’s more, they have failed to score in each of the last four.
But their recent poor form has come against some sides lower down the table; Burnley sat 17th before becoming the first league team to win at Anfield in over three years on Thursday.
As such, their upcoming run – on paper – looks considerably more difficult. Jurgen Klopp’s men play Tottenham, Leicester and West Ham away while facing Manchester City at Anfield in the next few weeks.
Therefore, Carragher feels that, should their run continue, Liverpool will be out of the title race – and worse.
“I think Liverpool supporters will be massively frustrated,” he told Sky Sports. “This team have done something for this club that nobody has done for so long – brought a title back. They will always be legends in everyone’s eyes.
“But for whatever reason in these last four or five games it has not just dropped off but massively dropped. It is a huge worry going forward. Not just in terms of the title but in terms of the top four.
“If the next run of games do not go well then I have no doubt they will be well out of the title race by the middle of February, the end of February.
“If that happens then Liverpool will be fighting for their lives to be in the Champions League next season.”
Carragher added that he “cannot remember a time” under Klopp‘s stewardship where “so many players” were out of form.
In fact, the 2016/17 season – Klopp’s first full campaign – was the last time the Reds endured similar form.
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“Think of the front three and the full-backs in terms of providing quality and assists, things we have seen so often,” Carragher added.
“All five of them are nowhere near their best. It is not just scoring but it is general play.
“Mo Salah comes on and is one on one against the left-back three or four times and just runs straight at him.
“[Roberto] Firmino’s chance when he comes on. It felt like [Trent] Alexander-Arnold put so many crosses in and never found someone.”
Liverpool’s attention turns to the FA Cup on Sunday, when they travel to Manchester United. After that, they play Spurs in north London.