Liverpool’s title defence is finished. They’re out of the domestic cups. They will push to finish top four in order to secure a place in next season’s Champions League and put them in the best position to go again.
There’s still one last competition they have a chance in, though—this season’s Champions League. Given their current injury struggles and poor form, it might be a long shot, but as long as they’re in it there’s still a chance.
“We need to react,” Roberto Firmino told The Mirror. “The season is not going as we expected, and the Champions League is a good place to do it. We can start from scratch in this competition.
“We know there is still a chance to win it. We are not happy with many of our latest results, but this can change, [and] he experience of winning the Champions League before was something special for us and for the fans.”
If Liverpool won a seventh European Cup this year of all years, in the midst of a pandemic and injury crisis with no fans in the stands and the players looking exhausted, it might go down as their most remarkable.
For those reasons, then, it’s probably best for fans to not put too much weight in what happens either in their Round of 16 tie against RB Leipzig or further in Europe if they do manage to advance.
Still, until the games are played out, anything remains possible. And this group, no matter its issues and struggles domestically in the 2020-21 season, have proven before that they shouldn’t be written off.