Liverpool's hopes of an invincible season in the Premier League have been dashed.
Despite closing the gap to Arsenal's record to just five matches, the Reds came unstuck against relegation-battling Watford in a 3-0 defeat that nobody saw coming.
Two goals from Ismaila Sarr and another strike from Troy Deeney confined Liverpool to their first Premier League defeat since their trip to the Etihad Stadium in January 2019.
However, it could be argued that the writing has been on the wall for Liverpool and their form has taken a marked dip since the Premier League's inaugural winter break.
Jurgen Klopp was an unabashed supporter of the break and even played the club's youngest ever XI for an FA Cup replay with Shrewsbury Town to ensure first-team players were given time to rest.
Liverpool's form falters
But it seems as though that fortnight away from the spotlight has actually harmed the Reds.
The Merseysiders looked shaky in their 1-0 win at Norwich City and needed to come back from behind to overcome West Ham United 3-2 in front of the Kop.
And then Liverpool's vulnerabilities were truly exposed as they laboured to a 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid. Finally, of course, we come to the 3-0 loss against Watford.
Analysis of Liverpool's wobble
It makes for worrying reading, even if it won't halt their inevitable charge to Premier League glory in May.
Putting a finger on why Liverpool have faltered after a few days with their feet up is difficult to pinpoint, but that hasn't stopped some tactical minds on Twitter from trying.
Twitter user @PremLeaguePanel has attracted attention in recent days for establishing 'How and why have Liverpool been caused problems since the Winter Break.'
It certainly piqued our interested - as we're sure it has yours - so check out the full thread down below:
Ok, so there's numerous factors at play here, but nullifying Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold seems absolutely paramount to any team trying to score a victory over Liverpool.
Teams seem to be forcing Liverpool to play down the middle which, per the analysis, has been tough going without a 'dribbling midfielder' and reduced movement from the strikers.
It goes without saying, though, that Klopp has probably become aware of these issues himself and will be working overtime at Melwood to ensure the Reds have an answer to this problem.
If they can get Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah buzzing around the back four like nuisances and encourage more offensive runs from their central midfielders, then it should be business as usual.
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