Consistency was presented at the beginning of the season as the key to Jurgen Klopp’s men mounting a serious title challenge and is unfortunately something we have been unable to achieve.
That’s as far as beating teams lower in the league is concerned, anyway.
Our defensive frailties were exposed once more yesterday as an organised, clinical and spirited Swansea performance punished our lifeless Anfield outing.
It was always going to be a difficult game when it became apparent that Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana were the only two capable of producing any kind of quality throughout the 90 minutes. Their teammates were a shadow of the explosive attacking side we took pleasure in watching at the beginning of the season.
Club legend Steven Gerrard believes his former team have a lot to do to close the gap on Chelsea after a defeat that typified a main issue for Liverpool over the years.
“It’s going to be very difficult now and they have left themselves with a lot of work to do,” Gerrard told BT Sport via the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s been like that for a long time, even during my time, we got close on a couple of occasions and it was the damaging results that came to the lesser teams.”
“The dressing room will be stunned now, and that was a big shock for them.”
Boasting such an impressive record against the Premier League’s top teams makes our struggles against the supposed relegation threatened sides even more frustrating.
What makes it even harder to take is the fact we know these players are capable of being closer to Antonio Conte’s league leaders.
The title race is too close for us to be losing games in the manner we did so yesterday.