Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has vowed to find the way out of his side’s current slump, claiming that their recent results should surprise no-one.
The Reds sat top of the Premier League at Christmas, but now face a stern battle to make the top four.
Six Anfield defeats in a row following 68 games unbeaten at home is perhaps the most damning reason. However, factors including injuries and a change in personnel have played their part.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that Klopp is under more pressure than ever before during his time at Liverpool.
Although, he has insisted that light at the end of a dark tunnel will soon appear.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League second leg tie with RB Leipzig, the manager told BT Sport (via the Daily Mail): “This is a really extreme club, that’s how it is.
“Extreme in terms of winning a lot, extreme in terms of waiting so long [for the Premier League title] – these kinds of things. But now we have to go through a difficult time again.
“Nobody should really be surprised that it can happen to Liverpool. But there will be a way out as well and we will find it, no doubt about that.”
Klopp went on to explain how his players have stuck together and remained a tight-knit group amid their problems.
Centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will not return this season. What’s more, it remains unlikely that Virgil van Dijk will return to full fitness before the end of May.
Those injuries have caused midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson – who have suffered injury themselves – to drop back and affect Liverpool’s overall system.
Klopp compares Liverpool situation to friendship
“It’s a tough one but personally I think you can kind of compare it with friendships,” the manager added. “When you have a really good friend and if he’s only there when you have a party, then you know – okay, it’s good.
“But if in the moment when you have problems, when you suffer a little bit, this friend is there as well, he finds the exactly the right words – then this is a proper friendship. And that is how I describe our situation.
“If you can go through this together, you can gain so much from it. I don’t want it, nobody wants it, but it can happen and we’re an example for everybody out there that something like this can happen if you have a few unlucky things happening and of course a few mistakes on top of that.”