The last time Liverpool finished out of the Top 4 spots in the Premier League
A slow start to the season makes us take a trip down to memory lane when Liverpool didn’t finish in the top 4.
What went wrong back in 15/16 when Liverpool finished outside of the top 4?
One of Europe’s most feared and charismatic managers, Klopp has a reputation for being both. This was quite evident from the off on Merseyside. And Klopp’s arrival has been a breath of new air inside the Premier League landscape: unapologetically candid.
After his team’s final league match, a 1-1 draw away to West Bromwich Albion, Klopp sat puzzled as a reporter continually pressed him on if he worried the Premier League will punish him for using a rotating lineup.
There are mitigating reasons for Liverpool’s dismal Premier League performance. And it included Klopp’s rotation throughout the season’s closing months and the Reds’ limited success in cup competitions.
There were lots of changes to be made. And FSG brought in the German maestro who was indeed the perfect fit.
It is hard to match October’s exhilaration with an amazing grade because Liverpool lost both finals, leaving Klopp without a trophy in his first campaign on Merseyside and facing a season without playing in Europe in 2016/17.
A season of Injury
This season, the Reds have gotten off to a sluggish start, especially with all the injuries. It’s not the first time, either, that Klopp has had to cope with a long injury list.
We all well recall the misery of the 20/21 season. The German boss literally had to utilize out-of-position players just to get through the games.
While correlation and causality are not the same things, it cannot be purely coincidental that the Reds performed so well the year before, when they never had more than five players out injured, and how difficult it has been for them to string victories together that year when they have dealt with so many injuries.