5. Klopp outdone tactically
Jurgen Klopp was known for his attacking style of play when at Dortmund. When he was signed by Liverpool, a similar case was expected at Anfield. While that did happen, the Merseyside club have deeply struggled to bring balance to their game. In fact, what Klopp was expected to do at Liverpool is beautifully done and executed by Mauricio Pochettino, and it is difficult with Klopp’s style that he will be able to outdo most managers in the league.
4. Poor summer transfer window
Liverpool desperately needed to improve things at the back and bring in more quality this summer, but the failure to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton was a huge blow for the Reds. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Dominic Solanke and defender Andrew Robertson were some of the other players signed this summer, but all of them have struggled to make it to the first team. The only positive signing has been Egyptian Mohamed Salah, but Liverpool needed to make better signings to have a chance to make it to the top 4.
3. Vulnerable defence
It is no secret that Liverpool have struggled with their defence, and as they failed to improve their quality in the squad this summer transfer window, it was expected that their problems are from over. Liverpool have conceded 17 goals, the most by any team currently in the top 8. This is not a good sign for a club aiming to qualify for the Champions League. In all fairness, they do lack the quality at the back with the players they have, and it is difficult to see them improve drastically to help Liverpool finish in the top four.
2. Crucial points dropped already
A lot depends on the start of the season, and it is safe to say that Liverpool have failed to start brightly this season with just 5 wins in 11 matches. Out of the 11 matches, four of them were with teams challenging for the top six, of which they managed to pick up only four points. What’s more disappointing is that they haven’t capitalised against the weaker teams and this has made issues more severe for them.
1. Too much competition
The Premier League has always been very competitive, and it has only got more intense with time. Liverpool faces some quality sides in their bid to qualify for the Champions League next season. With Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City looking strong for the top four position, it makes harder for Arsenal and Liverpool to end up in the top 4 at the end of the season.