Brendan Rodgers’ men looked in the driving seat in the race to finish first but a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea last Sunday now looks costly.
Jose Mourinho has been accused of ‘parking the bus’ in a defensive performance, with goals on the break from Demba Ba and Willian against the run of play giving the Blues an away victory.
Mourinho has come in for criticism after the game, with former Liverpool player Ronnie Whelan the latest to chastice the Portuguese manager and his team.
Whelan, who played for the Anfield side for 15 years and won six top-flight titles, has pulled no punches in his thoughts about the Stamford Bridge side.
“The way Chelsea won a game of football last weekend was a complete and utter disgrace,” the Irishman told The Daily Star.
“Neither the players nor the manager covered themselves in glory.
“Jose Mourinho used the phrase ‘parking the bus’. I wouldn’t mind if that was all they did. To defend well is perfectly acceptable.
“It is the rest of it that I have a problem with – the time-wasting, players falling over and staying down when there was nothing wrong with them, the constant practice of four or five Chelsea players surrounding the referee every time a decision went against them.
“That was wrong.
“He (Mourinho) talks about other managers using pre-historic tactics. He’s had a go at Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis this season.
“But his tactics last week were pre-historic. At times it was like a European game from the 1980s when a foreign side came to Anfield and time-wasted from the off. And at other times it was like one of those old Fourth Division games, where a centre-forward stays up front on his own and gets long balls pumped forward at him.
“I can’t believe people have called it a tactical masterclass from Mourinho when two mistakes won them the game.
“It wasn’t good tactics that decided the game. It was luck. After that performance, Mourinho should never criticise another manager again.
“He was a disgrace and so was his team.”
Chelsea also adopted defensive tactics in a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid in Spain, but were found out at home in the reverse fixture.
The Blues have an outside chance to winning the title but need results elsewhere to go their way.