Only Liverpool could succumb to a 2-0 defeat to a newly-promoted side one week after winning 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium.
The Reds’ followed up that impressive win against Arsenal with a momentum-crushing defeat to Burnley. It means, after two Premier League games, we’re left wondering whether this Liverpool team can challenge for the top four or whether they’re set for another mid-table finish.
Jurgen Klopp’s team flashed brilliance against the Gunners, but were woeful against Burnley. Inconsistency at its most evident.
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We’ll find out in the next few weeks, when Daniel Sturriudge and Divock Origi return to full fitness, if Liverpool are the real deal or pretenders.
We’ve attempted to give you some indication by predicting their next five games. With trips to Tottenham and Chelsea to come, Liverpool will be seriously tested.
Burton Albion (A) Prediction: W
Liverpool kick off their EFL Cup campaign with a trip to Burton Albion.
The Championship club have enjoyed great success in recent years, having been promoted twice since 2013, but this won’t be a banana skin for the Reds.
Klopp will be desperate to go one step further than last year, when Liverpool lost to Manchester City in the League Cup final, and the Anfield club haven’t lost to a team from a lower division in the tournament since 2010.
Tottenham Hotspur (A) Prediction: W
Liverpool will enjoy success in their second trip to north London inside of two weeks.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team are held up as potential title challengers and there’s not too much reason to suggest Liverpool can come away from White Hart Lane with three points.
But Liverpool are the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde team and all it would take is another 20-minute flurry akin to the one seen at the Emirates for Tottenham to be blown out the water.
The return of Emre Can, who missed the game at Burnley owing to a back problem, will make a huge difference in midfield.
Leicester City (H) Prediction: D
The champions haven’t started the 2016-17 season in the manner they would have liked, picking up one point from two games, and they still look like a team that is recovering from all the attention they received after last season’s incredible success.
Claudio Ranieri’s team will have settled by this September 10 clash and will pick up a point at Anfield in a score-draw. Likely the result of Riyad Mahrez destroying Alberto Moreno on the wing.
Chelsea (A) Prediction: L
Despite opening with two wins, Antonio Conte’s team haven’t looked invincible; it’s taken two late goals from Diego Costa to secure a couple of 2-1 wins.
New manager, same old Chelsea. They have a habit of grinding out wins and, though Liverpool will probably score, Costa and a rejuvenated Eden Hazard will lead the Blues to victory.
Hull City (H) Prediction: W
Hull’s start to the season has many predicting another fairytale season. Yet they face Liverpool in the midst of a gruelling test of games and, by September 24, Sturridge and Origi will be fully healthy.
This is definitely one game that will have fans nervous but if they are to contend for the top four, Klopp’s team must be able to beat a newly-promoted team on home soil.
Most Liverpool fans will probably take seven points from a four-game stretch that includes Tottenham, Leicester and Chelsea, while progression to the next round of the EFL Cup is another bonus.
But it’s just as easy to imagine the Reds going on a winless run and being upset by Burton tonight. Predicting Liverpool’s fixtures really is like guessing the lottery numbers.