Why the Reds will not reach the top four.
Just when it seemed that Liverpool were ready to put a difficult stretch behind them, Monday’s performance at Leicester City came along at the wrong time. Manager Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated as his side were defeated 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.
The new year brought new problems for the Reds, as the club only secured one victory across all competitions during the month of January (1-4-4). A disappointing loss to Hull City was followed by an encouraging victory against Tottenham, but consistent form certainly seems to be an issue.
Liverpool currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, just a point behind fourth-place Arsenal. A vital match approaches on Saturday as the Gunners pay a visit to Anfield.
The battle for UEFA Champions League qualification is fiercely competitive, with the current term no exception. The need to finish in the top four is great, and can often be one of the main priorities for any club. Reaching the Champions League group stage can improve a variety of different elements, from finances to the overall quality of a line-up.
But Liverpool currently find themselves heading down a dangerous path.
We review why the Reds will miss out on the 2017-18 edition of the UEFA Champions League.