Liverpool are already halfway through their Premier League season, but I’m sorry if you think we’re much further into the 2022/23 season.
Nineteen league games go on and on and to call it a rollercoaster would be an understatement given the expectations that preceded Fulham’s first whistle.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are a shadow of their former selves, more than 18 points off the pace after 19 games, so the focus has shifted to breaking into the top four.
For some, that will be optimistic at best, but there are still 57 points up for grabs and the Reds’ season could be salvaged if they start to hit form. Pronto.
We don’t need to tell you that red the record is lower than last season, but how does it compare to Klopp’s previous campaigns in charge?
This season compared to the previous 7
Liverpool’s points average after 19 games in 2015/16 is 41.7, and as we all know, the Reds are nowhere near the average this time around.
The Reds have scored 29 points in the first half of this campaign, which is 12.7 fewer than their average over the past seven seasons. The decline was rapid.
They last achieved the same low score in the 2015/16 season when they scored 30 points, and in the 2020/21 and 2017/18 seasons they are not far behind with 35 points.
This is a new low for Klopp, one point worse than when he took over the club after the eighth round in October 2015.
Last time actually Liverpool failed to score 30 points after 19 games in the 2014/15 season, when Brendan Rodgers scored just 28 points.
If the same thing happens again in the next 19?
If Liverpool had repeated their form in the first half of the season until May, what would it have given them?
Klopp’s side have dropped points more often than not, losing six times and drawing five times to see 28 points disappear.
If the same trajectory is repeated in the second half of the campaign, Liverpool will finish the season with 58 points – a full 34 points less than last season.
That’s a number that would guarantee any form of European football twice in the last four Premier League campaigns.
The lowest position achieved with 58 points since the 2018/19 season was 11th (2020/21) and the highest achieved was sixth (2021/22).
- 29 points after 19 games is the lowest figure since the 2015/16 season.
- An average of 12.7 points less than Klopp in the middle
- If the same thing happens again, Liverpool will finish the 2022/23 season with 58 points.
- In two of the last four seasons, 58 was enough for European football.
The last time a season finished below 58 was in 2011/12 under Kenny Dalglish, which collected only 52 points out of 114 available.
That leaves Klopp and his team with a lot of work to do if they are to surpass their results in the first half of the season and more than double their points tally by May.
Under the German, Liverpool have doubled their points tally on three separate occasions, 2021/22: 44 points against 92; 2020/21: from 34 to 69; and 2017/18: from 35 to 75.
It’s safe to say there’s plenty of room for improvement to add this season to that list, but Liverpool will need to get fit in a hurry.