Twenty-sixteen has been a mixed old bag for the Reds so far this season. However solely looking at Liverpool’s Premier League form, it simply hasn’t been good enough. In fact, they would be sitting in 11th place had the season started by the turn of the new calendar year.
Jurgen Klopp’s side currently sit eighth in the English top-flight standings, still nine points adrift of the top four with only seven games remaining of the campaign.
However the Reds have the most games in hand throughout the division due to their cup competition success.
Liverpool reached the final of the Capital One Cup this year, but eventually lost out on penalties to Manchester City at Wembley.
On the other hand; German Klopp has guided the club to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League after thrillingly defeating Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on aggregate in midweek, where they will face Villarreal in the last four.
But having collected 18 points from a possible 36 on offer so far in 2016 – an average of 1.5 points per game – perhaps the most likely chance of Liverpool securing European football again next term is to win the second-tier European elite-club competition.