After a blistering start to the season, times have suddenly got very tough for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp.
Following a disappointing transfer window in which they failed to strengthen their leaky defence with Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, the Reds looked promising.
Two stunning displays versus Hoffenheim to seal qualification into the Champions League group stage was then followed by a stunning performance against Arsenal, winning 4-0 at Anfield.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were on fire, but a 5-0 loss at the Etihad to Manchester City appears to have derailed their season early on.
Even the impressive return of Philippe Coutinho has not yielded positive results for the Reds, who now sit behind the Gunners in the table.
Klopp has appeared a broken man during some games as his defence continue to hinder his progression.
In the 1-1 draw against Newcastle on the weekend, the same issues surfaced, with Dejan Lovren clearly not fit to wear the famous red shirt.
The German manager just hasn't appeared his usual charismatic self and pundit Ian Wright believes he has spotted a new side to the former Borussia Dortmund man's character.
"Klopp is showing another side to his character as well," Wright said, per Mirror. "There’s a passive-aggressive side to him — something my media mates are increasingly seeing too — whenever anyone questions Liverpool’s performances.
"Almost a case of ‘How dare you suggest that, you’ve never played the game, what do you know’?. Well, you don’t need to go to India to know a good curry — and you don’t need to be an FA coach to know Liverpool’s defence has been embarrassing at times."
He's got a point, with Klopp regularly shutting down opinions of outsiders in press conferences.
In truth, he looks like a man under a lot pressure and things do not get any easier for Liverpool after the international break.
They welcome bitter rivals Manchester United to Anfield on October 14 and the week after, they face the daunting task of taking on Harry Kane's Tottenham at Wembley.
Not to mention they have a crucial Champions League tie against Maribor squeezed in between.
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