Dear all (you spoilt brats),
We are writing to address some of the very obvious lows the teams have gone through in recent weeks, when nothing seems to be going right for Jurgen Klopp and his team... and hoping to dispel some of those dark clouds looming over Anfield.
Football fans are a tough bunch to please, remember last season when an air of melancholy surrounded Liverpool despite winning almost everything?
Firstly, we would like to address the fact that there is no hiding from the truth — the mighty Reds have been going through an awful run of form. Amassing a grand total of three points from the last four games is hardly title-winning form — quite the opposite, in fact — especially when your opponents include the likes of Newcastle and West Brom (no disrespect, but Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce...).
No one is suggesting a crisis here, but a little context might help: even Arsenal, a team labelled as proper relegation candidates at one point this season, have comfortably dispatched the Magpies and the Baggies — with scorelines of 4-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Now surely, it is not too much to expect the defending champions to beat these teams tangled in a relegation scrap?
Wait, that's not all of the problems.
Since the 7-0 drubbing (which most fans seem to have forgotten about) of Crystal Palace, Liverpool have mustered a meagre solitary Sadio Mane goal against West Brom in four league games. Yes, one goal in approximately 360 minutes of football.
How is that even possible when your line-up includes quite probably the best-attacking trio in world football?
You then start to hear all the whispers surrounding a Mo Salah exit, selling of Roberto Firmino, the feud between Salah and Mane... growing louder and louder.
And *gasps* we are still not done...
There is a real chance that Liverpool will slip to fifth (yes, fifth!) in the table as the season approaches its halfway mark, if Everton (yes, of all teams) were to win their game in hand. The thought of it is almost unfathomable, especially when just about a month ago, the Reds were comfortably perched on the top of the table with a four-point lead over Leicester City in second place — a back-to-back league title seemingly a real possibility.
So how did we actually find ourselves in such a position?
A quick glance across social media confirms that it is all doom and gloom at Anfield — Gini Wijnaldum's contract situation, no January transfer signings, an out-of-form Trent Alexander-Arnold, a seemingly never-ending list of injury concerns, poor refereeing decisions... the list goes on.
Heck, even murmurs of Klopp out are surfacing.
Now hang on, what?! Let us take a moment and think:
We are actually in a really good position — if you ask us — considering all the circumstances that the team have gone through this season, and all the unhappiness is looking increasingly like a case of being victims of our own success.
Yes, it is not the most ideal of situations we are in right now, but it is really only because of the lofty expectations that we have grown to have over the years that is ultimately causing this current disgruntlement.
Quick reminder, our trophy haul in the past three years reads: 1x Champions League, 1x Club World Cup, 1x Super Cup, 1x Premier League (which we won at a canter), and all that plus another Champions League final and a season which saw Liverpool not win the league title despite amassing 97 points.
The team is currently only three points behind the league leaders Manchester United with slightly more than half a season still left to play; surely that is a position that we cannot be complaining too much about?
There is absolutely no way the team is going to stroll to another Premier League title like last season, and fans need to realise that quickly, especially when you factor in all the extenuating circumstances this campaign.
Despite our mounting injury list, the team is still very much in the title race and credit has to be given to Klopp and his team.
Long-term injuries to key players will undoubtedly derail most team's aspirations (think Manchester City with Aymeric Larporte and Vincent Kompany, or way back in 2008 when Arsenal lost Eduardo) and it is remarkable how the Reds have adjusted despite not having a single fit senior centre-half.
Now, we hear the incessant clamours of fans requesting for new signings this window. But is a stop-gap January transfer really possible (and wise), when all the clubs in world football are still struggling to grapple with the entire COVID-19 situation?
Take a moment and think of the possible factors: clubs are in an uncertain financial situation, players' willingness to leave their home country in times like this, the logistical nightmare for their families and what is actually going to happen when the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez return in due time?
Remember all the praise heaped on Michael Edwards and his transfer nous? Perhaps it is time to bring back some of the faith and trust we had in Edwards and his team.
The recent blip in form should not come as a real surprise, considering the levels the team have been performing at in recent years. It is virtually impossible to sustain those levels and coupled with our injury concerns — is it perhaps the best time to be suffering from a dip in form?
This weird season has churned out some of the strangest results we have seen, and thus also making it one of the most competitive the league has witnessed in recent years. A couple of weeks will likely see a drastic shake in the league standings, as most teams struggle for consistency.
We are confident that Klopp will be capable of manoeuvring the team out of this predicament — in fact, can this early dip actually prove be a blessing in disguise; a springboard for the team to launch a successful title defence?
Concerns surrounding our attack have been rightly raised too, as the team struggles to find the back of the net despite the defence bearing the bulk of the injuries. But a closer look at the table will suggest that the Reds are actually the highest-scoring team in the league, and you will put your money on the fact that the team will rediscover their scoring touch soon enough.
Salah still leads the goal-scoring charts in the league and with Diogo Jota slated to return in February, a lack of firepower should prove to be the least of Klopp's concern. The German coach had admitted that there is "no easy explanation" for the lack of goals, but we do not think he is suffering from too many sleepless nights.
And for all their troubles, the Reds are still firmly in contention for three major trophies this season (the domestic league, Champions League and FA Cup). Liverpool will still remain favourites over RB Leipzig in Europe and with the way this weird season is panning out, perhaps with just a little help from Lady Luck, just who knows a treble — however unlikely — might be on the cards?
Anfield too, remains an imprenetratable fortress for the team as their unbeaten run now stretches to an unbelievable 69 games. Very impressive if you ask us, especially so when fans are still not allowed back.
It is therefore imperative that the present poor run of form not be taken lightly, but also at the same time crucial that we take a step back and realise that the Reds are actually still in an excellent position at this stage of the season.
Injury concerns are gradually easing up, and a couple of wins will set the mighty Reds back on track in the league in this roller-coaster of a season. Embarking on another memorable European campaign still remains largely in our hands, while a FA Cup triumph remains plausible (made sweeter by beating Manchester United in the next round).
With all that said, is there really a better manager and set of players we can trust to turn this campaign around — than the recently crowned Champions of England, Europe and the World?
We think not.