Liverpool’s title defense this season has been non-existent and they are in a worse position than David Moyes’ attempt to retain Manchester United’s title in 2013/14.
Last season the Reds won the title with 99 points, comfortably away from Man City in second place out of 81.
In the 2018/19 campaign, they fell woefully short of 97 points – a total that would have earned them the title in all but one of the previous 26 Premier League seasons.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have fallen short of pace and face a battle to even reach the top four.
The Reds lost 1-0 to Chelsea on Thursday night, making it their fifth straight loss at Anfield for the first time in their 129-year history.
The score did not fully reflect the history of the match as Liverpool were outmatched by Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Fewer points by the reigning champions after 27 games
Leicester – 27 points (2016/17)
Chelsea – 36 points (2015/16)
Blackburn – 41 points (1995/96)
Liverpool – 43 points (2020/21)
Man United – 45 points (2013/14)
Injuries undoubtedly played their part, but they weren’t their only problem.
The three once-vaunted vanguards of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have not been as deadly as in seasons past.
Liverpool even have fewer points than David Moyes’ Manchester United in his one and only season at the helm.
Sir Alex Ferguson had won the title in the 2012/13 campaign and Moyes failed to mount much of the defense.
After 27 games that season, United had 45 points and finished seventh.
Liverpool have just 43 points and currently sit seventh in the table with 11 games to go.
This is by no means the worst attempt to hold onto a Premier League title, however, with Leicester accumulating just 27 points after 27 games in 2016/17.
Chelsea had 36 in 2015/16 while Blackburn had 41 in 1995/96.
Liverpool still have time to mount a challenge in the top four, but their title defense is one that ultimately won’t succeed.