Liverpool managed to draw 1-1 with West Brom on December 27, three days after, they drew 0-0 with Newcastle United which left them with 33 points in 16 league games.
The two draws are a huge set-back to Liverpool’s hope of retaining the Premier League title. Instead of the Merseyside club to go into the new year with a 9-point lead, if they had won their last two games, they are going into the new year with just a 3-point lead.
Liverpool’s lead is so slim because the second-placed Manchester United which Liverpool currently lead with three points have a game in hand. If Manchester United win the outstanding game, the Red Devils would have an equal number of points with Liverpool.
Hence, if Manchester United win over Aston Villa on new year’s day, Manchester United would have the same number of points as Liverpool but the reigning Premier League champions will remain on top of the table due to superior goals difference.
Liverpool’s title challenge so far this season has been suffering a series of setbacks in matches against lowly rated Premier League clubs. For instance, in the 16 league games Liverpool had played this season, the Merseyside club failed to beat four of the bottom seven clubs.
Jurgen Klopp and his boys had a great chance to beat Newcastle United on Wednesday, December 30, but the club’s talisman, Mohamed Salah, wasted two good chances which he would have converted to put Liverpool ahead.
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“Oh no, I’m not happy about the result, but I’m not overly frustrated. It’s football, and if you don’t use your chances then it’s difficult to win a game”, Jurgen Klopp said after the match.
“But you can have a draw with the bad performance or a draw with a good performance, and tonight was a draw with a good performance. We just didn’t use the chances, and that’s why I am OK with the game…
“If you keep creating, you will score. I know we will score again, that’s how it is. It’s not a problem at the moment.
“We needed to show a reaction from the second half against West Brom because we lost the plot a little bit there, it looked in that second half like we were 1-0 down and not 1-0 up
“Tonight was a very good reaction to that, without getting the result. Everybody knows if we win 1-0 then everybody is over the moon, and we should have won the game at least 1-0. But we didn’t, and we have to accept that.”