Liverpool made unwanted history on Thursday night.
Their 1 0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield meant that they had lost five successive league games for the first time ever stretching back to 1892. And it means that they are now 22 points behind leaders Manchester City, with all hopes of defending their league title ow over.
In fact, they have a serious battle on their hands even to make the top four and guarantee themselves Champions League football again next season. They have now slipped to seventh I the tale and they are in danger of dropping further if the two sides below them, Spurs and Aston Villa, win their games in hand.
To make matters worse, their Merseyside neighbours and rivals Everton have gone above them in the table.
All this was unthinkable even at Christmas. Although they had enjoyed an erratic season with injuries to key players, especially at the back, disrupting their progress, they were still in contention for the title.
But Manchester Citys imperious form they have won their last 21 matches in all competition s has almost certainly decided the destiny of the league title this year.
Meanwhile, Liverpools form at Anfield, where they had been impregnable for so long, has deserted them.
Until they lost to Burnley on January 21st, Liverpool had gone almost 4 years and 68 gams without tasting defeat at home. Since them Brighton, Manchester City, Everton and now Chelsea have all visited and returned home with all three points.
To make matters worse they have forgotten how to score at home. In that sequence of results they have only found the net once, and that was a somewhat dubious penalty against City. They have now gone more than 10 hours since they last scored from open play at Anfield.
Emblematic of the clubs frustrations last night was Mo salah, their leadings coring and so often their talisman, who was substituted in the 62n minute. Visibly angry he sat in the stands fuming, whilst the rest of his teammates huffed and puffed with little to show for it.
That has come to sum up what has become a very disappointing season for the defending champions.