Liverpool They currently find themselves in a very unfamiliar situation as the midway point for Premier League Season is approaching.

The Reds have been one of the most stable teams in Europe over the past three years, but their fortunes have tumbled in recent months.

After escaping from the Premier League last season, Jurgen Klopp The side faces more competition this year as they aim to defend their title.

Injuries, shortages of players and an improvement in the performance of their rivals drove Liverpool to fourth place at the Premier League table.

However, the Reds have a chance to bridge the gap at the top when they face Burnley on Thursday.

After last week’s draw with Manchester United, Liverpool must strive to quickly return to winning ways. They have lost quite a bit of their spark in recent months and falling points again would be a threat to their title ambitions.

Liverpool’s miserable career in the Premier League

Although Burnley is currently struggling, Clarets won’t be easy. For Klopp, the challenge will be to sack Liverpool again.

Anfield have suffered from a miserable streak in the Premier League over the past three weeks, culminating in no wins in their last four matches. They have also failed to score in each of their last three league matches.

As it stands, it is not known which Liverpool team will face Shaun Dyke’s side on Thursday. Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have struggled uncharacteristically in front of goal in recent matches.

“We have to earn the right to win through our commitment. This is what we are about and I look forward to seeing my children take up this challenge,” Klopp said before the match, as quoted by him.

“We come into the game with some focus on our last form and I’m good at it. It’s totally okay to ask these questions. When you enjoy working for this club, you know that every performance brings careful scrutiny. This level of concern for us is a privilege and it is a pressure that should be taken.” We have to embrace him. “

The withdrawal of Liverpool’s rivals in the Premier League

Indeed, Liverpool will have to withstand the pressure and show of character in their next matches. The shape of their competitors means they cannot afford to lose points against Burnley.

The match became a must when Manchester United, Leicester City and Manchester City won their matches earlier in the week.

Leicester climbed to the top of the table when they beat Chelsea 2-0 at King Power Stadium on Tuesday. But Manchester City overcame the Foxes when Pep Guardiola’s side beat Aston Villa by the same score on Wednesday.

The Premier League schedule changed for the third time in 24 hours when Manchester United scored a 2–1 victory over Fulham to return to the summit.

The aforementioned results have seen Liverpool’s rivals rise to the top. As it stands, Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester are withdrawing from Merseyside.

Unless Liverpool also beat Burnley, they will likely soon play in the title race.

Posted January 21, 2021 18:18 IST