The Premier League title will certainly be leaving Anfield at the end of the season after a one-year stay, but the Reds troubles on the pitch have shown no sign of slowing down over recent weeks.
Liverpool were handed a fifth straight home defeat for the first time in their history on Thursday evening, as Chelsea claimed all three points with a 1-0 win at the once formidable home of the champions. Mason Mount scored the only goal in the win for the Blues, which was also enough to move them up to fourth in the league standings.
Soccer News: More Unwanted History For Liverpool
After a mesmeric season last term, which saw the Reds win their first Premier League title, and their first top-flight English crown for 30 years, Liverpool have endured a miserable campaign in 2020-21. Jurgen Klopp’s side are undoubtedly in a battle to finish in a Champions League spot this season, but their chances of doing that were hindered with another home defeat against Chelsea this week.
The defeat means that Liverpool are four points behind Chelsea, but that only tells half of the story. Liverpool’s performance was flat throughout, and the creative spark was missing throughout in the final third of the pitch. The Reds managed just one shot on target in the defeat, and fans were questioning the management of Klopp midway through the second half, as he dragged top-scorer Mohamed Salah off as the side were chasing a goal. The defeat was the first time in their history that they have lost five straight games at Anfield, and is also the first time that a defending champion has lost five consecutive games.
Soccer News: Other Results Go Against Reds
It wasn’t just Chelsea that were able to get a run on Liverpool in the race for a Champions League place on Thursday night either, as two other sides in that race also picked up big away wins in the context of their season. Everton were forced to ride their luck in one of the earlier games on Thursday evening, as a late Richarlison goal was enough to move them into the Champions League places for a couple of hours at least.
Tottenham still have a massive outside chance of finishing in the top-four this season. However, they improved their chances of qualifying for at least a Europa League spot with a gritty 1-0 win on the road against struggling Fulham. Manchester United and Leicester City also picked up draws in their respective fixtures against Crystal Palace and Burnley earlier in the week.