The three Liverpool results that have crushed their top four hopes

Liverpool drew 2-2 with Newcastle United on Saturday.

Liverpool saw their top four hopes slip away on Saturday as they were held to a draw with Newcastle United.

The Reds have undoubtedly improved under Jurgen Klopp, illustrated by their results in the so-called big games and their magnificent run to the Europa League semi-finals.

While a Champions League spot can be achieved via a Europa League win, the club’s main aim for the season was to finish in the top four and the Merseysiders cannot say they have not had their opportunities.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and even Arsenal have all under-performed this season, yet Liverpool find themselves nine points behind fourth spot having played one game less.

Many have suggested that the club may need a new goalkeeper and defender this summer, yet Klopp’s biggest task is changing a fragile mentality which has no doubt played a part in their struggles.

No team has thrown away more points from winning positions than Liverpool this season, and three results in particular have been crushing in their bid to finish in the top four come the end of the campaign.

Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle United:

Starting with their latest result, Liverpool let slip a two-goal lead at home to struggling Newcastle.

The Reds were 2-0 up at the half-time interval, and they had their fair share of chances to score more goals both before and after Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback earned the visitors an unlikely point.

Southampton 3-2 Liverpool:

The Merseyside club were again 2-0 to the good, yet a mad second-half capitulation saw Southampton score two goals in the final seven minutes to turn the game on its head.

Klopp was understandably displeased after the match, as were the supporters who made the long journey.

Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland:

But arguably the worst of the three was being held to a 2-2 draw with Sunderland, again after taking a two-goal lead and entering the final 10 minutes of the encounter in cruise-control.

Anfield was stunned as goals from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe rescued an unlikely point for the visitors, boosting their survival hopes while halting Liverpool’s progression.

Seven points were dropped from the aforementioned encounters, and had they held out like they should, Liverpool would have a top four spot in their hands with plenty of momentum behind them.

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