Entering January, Liverpool’s title hopes were already on the rocks. Despite being on generally good form, the Blues just kept rolling along, ultimately winning 13 games on the spin.
Then January happened for Liverpool, leaving the Reds a full 10 points adrift from the top, hanging onto the Top 4 on goal differential alone, and out of both cup competitions. With 15 games left to play, Liverpool would likely need a combination of a lengthy winning streak on their part, and a collapse from the Blues.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher commented on the title race on Sky Sports.
"It hasn't been a good January, and it leaves it with very little chance really," the Scouse former defender said. "I think possibly they had to beat Chelsea to give them, and the rest of the league, an outside chance.
"But I think for Liverpool on Tuesday night it wasn't just the fact they didn't lose the game, there's a feel-good factor this morning because of a better performance, they came back after struggling, and I think most people will see it as a good performance and a good lift, more for the top four than for the title.
"The title is maybe a distant dream if you like. You hope Arsenal can beat Chelsea at the weekend, and maybe we could talk about it a little bit more then, but I think at this moment the rest of the sides are more worried about the top four and being left out of the top four than the title."
Just because Carra is stating the obvious, it doesn’t mean he’s wrong. Hopefully Jürgen Klopp can start putting the January of Death behind us with a confident win over 19th place Hull on Saturday.
The primary focus this season has to be securing the Top 4. Having no other competitions to worry about should help.