Why the only thing to expect from Liverpool for the rest of the season is inconsistency

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There have been all kinds of performances from Liverpool this season.

It's hard to know what to expect from Liverpool prior to watching their games of late. Under Jurgen Klopp they have shown both their sublime and ridiculous. 

Crushing wins on the road against Manchester City and Southampton have been counter-acted by the poor, toothless displays against the likes of Watford, Newcastle and West Ham which saw them slip into the bad habits which made the club hierachy act to bring in the German in the first place.

But one only needs to look at the history of Liverpool managers in their first season, especially when taking over a side that has its troubles, to see a pattern.

Gerard Houllier struggled when he took over sole charge after a brief period of joint management with Roy Evans, while Rafa Benitez saw an inconsistent league campaign - though he did reach the League Cup final and win the Champions League - as his side only achieved 58 points in a league season. So far this Liverpool side is projected to finish pretty close to that mark.

The most frustrating thing for Liverpool fans must be watching them in certain games thinking that they have got the tools to do the job. As well as the swashbuckling displays that have been so far, they have shown an ability to 'win ugly' against the likes of Swansea City, Leicester City and Sunderland - all decided by the odd goal.

But with a side that currently has an injury list running into double figures, currently one natural striker available and barely any natural width, it is unlikely that any consistency will be seen from Klopp's side until the end of the season. 

That doesn't mean this season is a write-off by any stretch of the imagination. There is still silverware to play for, even the outside possibility of the Champions League places, but also learning to get the Reds to take Europe seriously again - which has been evident in the German's approach during their Europa League group stage games. 

It is going to take a while for any sort of consistency to be found. A hectic fixture schedule means a lack of time on the training ground - so it may not be until pre-season before he manages to get his ideas fully across to his side, while he has yet to make a signing for the club yet. 

For the bigger games, one would expect Klopp's side to be fired up. A second half of the season which sees all the big guns come to Anfield suggests that nearly every game at home will be an occasion. 

Klopp himself suggested there could be a couple of setbacks along the way, and appealed for time to get things right as early as his first press conference. Though he may be angry at recent failings, one doubts he is surprised. So why should anybody else be?

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