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PremierLeague-News.Com - Liverpool are struggling to rediscover peak form and an alarming shortcoming is part of the problem
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The last time Liverpool crossed blades with Sheffield United, something very strange happened. And not the VAR decision that curiously awarded a penalty for the visitors after only 13 minutes. Despite it appearing Fabinho had nicked the ball ahead of opposing forward Oliver McBurnie, referee Mike Dean gave a free-kick which replays then determined to have been inside the area. Sander Berge stepped up and slotted home, and Liverpool were behind. Come full-time, goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota had transformed a potential home defeat into a morale-boosting first league win since the 7-2 reverse at Aston Villa. Must-read Liverpool FC news Academy coach leaves club Ferguson claim made about Gerrard Erling Haaland transfer hint Physio responds to criticism But as they prepare for the reverse fixture at Bramall Lane on Sunday, such an occurrence is becoming increasingly unusual for Jurgen Klopp's side. Since that win, the Reds came from behind to beat West Ham United the following week and salvage a draw at Fulham in December. Yet in the 14 games in which Liverpool have been losing this season - including the Community Shield defeat on penalties to Arsenal - the only other time they have rescued at least a point was the 3-1 Premier League win over the Gunners in September. Compare that to last season, where 10 times the Reds salvaged at least some reward having gone behind. Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup and Arsenal in the League Cup were both beaten on penalties, while there was a Premier League draw at Manchester United and a Champions League point at home to Napoli. And in the Premier League, wins were earned both home and away against Newcastle United, at home to Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Bournemouth, and away against Aston Villa. Liverpool, as they had shown over two legs in the Champions League semi-final to Barcelona the previous season, rarely believed they were out of a match.
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That simply hasn't been the case since the turn of the year. It's why, when Richarlison fired Everton into the lead after only three minutes on Sunday, Liverpool supporters watching at home all feared the worst. Even at Leicester City, a game Liverpool dominated for 75 minutes and deservedly led, after the Foxes were handed the lead there seemed little belief a comeback was on the cards. Opponents know that if they get their noses in front against the Reds, they are probably going to win. There are myriad reasons for the alarming slump in standards this season for the Premier League champions, but the apparent shortage of belief once behind is perhaps the most worrying. Hardly the stuff of the "mentality monsters" Klopp was praising barely 12 months ago. Rock-bottom Sheffield United, with boss Chris Wilder surely relishing the prospect of putting one over his Anfield counterpart given their spats earlier in the season, would love nothing more than to further deepen the gloom for the Premier League champions next weekend. And should Liverpool find themselves in a losing position, they are going to have to remember what made them such monstrous opponents in recent years. Their season may well depend on it.
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