Klopp's Kop honeymoon is well and truly over

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Liverpool lost 1-0 to Manchester United at the weekend.

After the 1-0 home reverse against arch rivals Manchester United, Jurgen Klopp's honeymoon period at Anfield is well and truly over.

Losing to United is something that Kopites do not take kindly to, but at home, when United are playing some of the worst football in living memory, it is at best a huge opportunity missed.

It is a familiar tale for the red half of Merseyside. The fact that David de Gea was man of the match tells you all you need to know, and the recurring theme of who is going to score Liverpool's goals shows no sign of being answered.

Christian Benteke has so far been an enigma in the red shirt since his signing in the summer. Again he was left on the bench until Liverpool were chasing he game. Klopp does not seem to trust him starting in the big games.

But if he cannot trust a player who cost £32.5million to at least give an opposition defence difficult questions to answer, who can he trust?

Liverpool started a home game against their fierce yet suspect enemy with no recognised striker. Instead of seeing this as an opportunity to put United to the sword, Klopp did not go for the jugular.

The question remains, who could Klopp have called on? Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings are still at various phases of recovery from injury, and Jordon Ibe spent another 76 minutes on the bench.

As the game progressed, and United rode their luck without really threatening, it became obvious that Liverpool's finishing would determine who came away with the points.

Klopp will know that this was a missed opportunity and the gap between the two sides extends to six points, with the elusive top four even further away.

It is clear that there is a total lack of firepower at Anfield at the moment, and until it is addressed Liverpool will continue as they are: a mid-table team who can occasionally upset one of the big boys.

The importance of getting to the League Cup final now cannot be underestimated. It may only be the League Cup, but it is a shot at some silverware, and likely to be the only realistic chance Liverpool get this year.

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