21 Jan 2017

'It's a Shock: Steven Gerrard reacts to 'damaging' Liverpool defeat; insists it's game over for Klopp title hopes

Can Liverpool still win the title after today's embarrassing home defeat to bottom club Swansea City?

Reds legend Steven Gerrard doesn't think so. When asked after the game about his old club's title chances, Gerrard told BT Sport:

"If Chelsea win tomorrow, it’ll be a 10 point gap, so [winning the title] is looking very difficult. Even when I was playing, the damaging results were usually against smaller teams too. It’s a big shock".

Even without the distraction of European football, Liverpool were never in with a serious chance of winning the league, and amid the hubris of a some gloating fans, I've argued that all season.

This team is just not good enough to win the league, and with Klopp's square peg in round hole policy; failure to strengthen key areas last summer, and stubborn refusal to bolster the squad during the current window, the team will remain on the fringes for the rest of the season.

This team is, however, good enough to finish in the top four, and Klopp is doing a great job in pushing the players to achieve that particular goal. As such, if fans simply manage expectations a little, there's still hope on the horizon.

Losing against the bottom club in the league *at home* is unacceptable, and - as Gerrard states - a 'big shock; however, when considered in the context of finishing in the top four, it's merely a bump in the road along the way to achieving that goal.


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