Jurgen Klopp still has a big task to bring the best out of Liverpool in 2016/17

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Saturday's 2-2 draw with Newcastle United was another display of the up and down form of Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp's arrival at the club.

The Reds have put in some outstanding performances under his reign in the Premier League, most notably away wins at both Chelsea and Manchester City while also defeating the latter 3-0 at Anfield in arguably one of the finest performances from any club seen on English shores this season.

Yet there has still been a handful of games which have underlined just how tough it will be for Klopp to get this side firing on all cylinders consistently and disposing of inferior opposition on a regular basis.


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Four games perfectly illustrate how Liverpool need to improve if they are to make any significant impact on the Premier League next season.

4. Liverpool 2-2 West Brom

This match became slightly infamous for Klopp's celebration at the end, taking his players by the arm, marching towards the Kop and applauding the fans after what was in truth, a dismal performance.

Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead in the first half before some seriously inept defending gifted Tony Pulis' side two goals, both as a result from corners.

Divock Origi bailed his side out in the very last minute of injury time, but the result was a display of just how fragile Klopp's side can be, particularly from set pieces and the overall performance was one of the worst seen at Anfield under the German's rule.

3. Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland

Another 2-2 draw, but one which came about in significantly different circumstances. Liverpool strolled into a 2-0 lead in the second half thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, with the three points seemingly a formality.

Then disaster struck in the final ten minutes of the game as Adam Johnson forced an error out of Simon Mignolet from a free kick to pull one back before Jermain Defoe snatched an equaliser in the dying embers of the game after some more lacklustre defending.

Defensive frailty was brought to the forefront again and much like the recent game with Newcastle, Liverpool's inability to maintain a comfortable lead was punished - a trait which cannot continue for a club with lofty ambitions.

2. West Ham 2-0 Liverpool

Now West Ham have enjoyed a very good season so losing at Upton Park is not exactly the most crushing of blows. However, the manner in which Liverpool operated in this match was certainly a blow of significant proportions to both Klopp and the fans.

The German manager apparently only uttered three words to his underperforming stars after the match, as Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll saw off a tame Liverpool side with ease.

The lack of physical adaptation to the game and the inability to get any significant control of proceedings was an eye-opener to many.

Klopp is very insistent on his side's being aesthetically pleasing and this performance was in stark contrast to his ideologies, something which he cannot tolerate.

1. Watford 3-0 Liverpool

Arguably Liverpool's worst performance under Klopp came at Vicarage Road. From kick-off until the final whistle the Reds were outplayed by a gritty and above all determined Watford side who showed the rest of the league the quality they do indeed possess.

Defensive frailties reared their ugly head for the entire 90 minutes with Martin Skrtel being subjected to almost abuse by both Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, the former getting on the score sheet twice during the match.

It was a game in which every failing of this Liverpool side was revealed. Mentally they were not strong enough, no tempo was set by the Reds and all across the pitch they lacked the cutting edge which separates the elite from the average.

Games like this simply cannot continue to occur under Klopp, especially seeing as Watford are a newly-promoted side, making a loss by three goals all the more embarrassing.

The most concerning thing about all these matches is that they came at a time when Liverpool had the opportunity to fight for higher places in the table. The weaknesses shown under pressure highlights that this summer could be huge for Klopp as to whether he can elevate this club to the next level.

What do you think was Liverpool's worst Premier League result of the season? Have YOUR say in the comment box below!

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