Following their 3-1 defeat by Leicester on Saturday, it is now clear that the troubles at Liverpool can no longer be described as a blip – they have become a pattern.
Liverpool have won only twice in their last 10 league matches and have lost as many games in their last six as they did in their previous two seasons.
The defence of the title was over in the first week of February and now a top-four spot is far from guaranteed.
Jurgen Klopp had gradually built a wall of invincibility around his team, but in just a few months an accumulation of problems has infiltrated his brickwork like little plaster cracks.
Under the additional pressure of being league champions – a pressure the club hasn’t had for 30 years – that wall has come crashing down around his feet.
Liverpool’s attack, once so sharp and potent, looks blunt.
Their defence, once so watertight, is leaking like a colander.
Their full-backs, so creative with 25 assists last year, have combined so far for just eight.
The reigning World Goalkeeper of the Year has gone from Alisson wonder-hands to Alisson blunderland.
This time last year, Liverpool had a goal difference of plus-39. Now it’s plus-13.
Liverpool’s players haven’t become bad overnight, but their confidence is shot and they look frail.
Even after playing so well for so long at Leicester and being a goal up, once the first question was asked of them you knew they would buckle and the 3-1 defeat didn’t seem in any way surprising.
The champions looked deflated, unsure and lacking belief.
The reinforcements that arrived during January won’t fix the problems.
A centre-back from Preston, who didn’t make Saturday’s squad, and 20-year-old Ozan Kabak, a man who had won only one game all season at Schalke, don’t quite strike you as shot-in-the-arm arrivals.
The confident Klopp hasn’t sounded himself for months either. He has argued with pundits, blamed the schedulers, cursed the three-substitutes rule, pointed out breaks other teams have had, and whinged about the number of penalties they have been awarded.
This isn’t the smiling, happy, inspiring Klopp of the last five years. He’s been flat.
But if any man can right the ship it is the German and, as a Liverpool fan, there is no one in the world I would rather have at the helm.
Klopp got Liverpool to where they are because of his ability to motivate his team.
And with no crowd at Anfield this season, Liverpool need a man with his talents now more than ever.
Following the recent death of his mother, channelling the strength required to guide Liverpool to calmer waters will seem even more overwhelming for the German. But he will have to do it.
He will have to muster everything he has to guide his team to a top-four finish.