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Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool have squandered their best hope of finally lifting silverware again.
The Reds crashed out of the FA Cup fourth round for the third year in a row after slumping to a 3-2 defeat at home to West Brom.
Another uninspiring Liverpool performance somewhat exceeded the demoralising 1-0 defeat to Swansea last week, and October’s 4-1 loss to Tottenham.
Jurgen Klopp’s near-full strength starting lineup wasn’t beaten by a deep defensive setup on this occasion, but instead by a team that completely out-played and out-fought the hosts on the day.
The deserving nature of Liverpool’s humiliation sparked urgent requests for ruthless changes to be made by Klopp, with fans angered by the prospect of yet again failing to win a trophy.
“This club is about winning trophies so to get knocked out of this competition is a big blow for Jurgen Klopp and a big blow for this team,” said Gerrard on BT Sport.
“This was a realistic trophy that they could’ve won. Obviously, they’re not one of the favourites to win the Champions League – you never know what can happen in that competition, of course – but this was their best chance of silverware.”
“This club is about winning trophies, this is a big blow for Jürgen Klopp and this team. This was a realistic trophy they could’ve won.”
Without a trophy in 2162 days, Steven Gerrard thinks Liverpool have just “blown their best chance.” pic.twitter.com/lxwnAqUMAA
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 27, 2018
With the Premier League title looking increasingly out of reach, the Champions League remains Liverpool’s last and undeniably slim chance of winning something this season.
The club’s trophy haul in recent years makes for uncomfortable reading, not to mention the the unacceptable performances that have contributed to such a poor record.
A performance like Saturday’s gives fans every right to demand that Klopp strengthens his squad before the end of January.
To not enter the market and subsequently bring in a new option following the loss of the club’s best player seems unforgivable.
Failure to do so threatens to cost Liverpool over the second half of the league campaign.