Liverpool suffers its worst run in the club’s 128-year history

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Liverpool’s poor home form is escalating into a full-fledged crisis, with Chelsea’s 1-0 win over the Premier League champions on Thursday inflicting the Premier League champions’ fifth consecutive league defeat at Anfield — the worst streak in the club’s 128-year history.

With Liverpool’s title defense over, this was billed as a battle for a spot in the Champions League, and Mason Mount’s 42nd-minute goal propelled Chelsea back into the top four. Chelsea’s previous victory at Anfield, in 2014, effectively ended Brendan Rodgers’ title hopes. This was a setback for Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool’s poor home form is escalating into a full-fledged crisis, with Chelsea’s 1-0 win over the Premier League champions on Thursday inflicting the Premier League champions’ fifth consecutive league defeat at Anfield — the worst streak in the club’s 128-year history.

With Liverpool’s title defense over, this was billed as a battle for a spot in the Champions League, and Mason Mount’s 42nd-minute goal propelled Chelsea back into the top four. Chelsea’s previous victory at Anfield, in 2014, effectively ended Brendan Rodgers’ title hopes. This was a setback for Liverpool’s hopes of finishing in the top four under Jurgen Klopp.

None of Liverpool’s proven front three — Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino — shone, but Salah, the Premier League’s top scorer, was substituted just after the hour mark, which was perplexing. As he sat shaking his head after being replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Egyptian international thought so.

Chelsea, on the other hand, seemed to be posing a constant challenge, with Timo Werner — a player Liverpool was interested in but decided it couldn’t afford last summer — a constant issue.

Despite only scoring once in his previous 17 league appearances, he created problems for Fabinho with his movement, drifting out to the left then popping back into the center.

Despite only scoring once in his previous 17 league appearances, he created problems for Fabinho with his movement, drifting out to the left then popping back into the center.

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