If Liverpool has sold Coutinho in the summer to Barcelona for over 100 million pounds and bought a couple of world-class defenders, the chances are the would be hot on Manchester City’s heels.

Instead, their leaky defense is costing them vital points and unless the crisis is solved fast they will struggle to finish in the top four.

Manchester City looks unstoppable this campaign and the investment in their defense over the summer has worked wonders. They are the BetVictor odds have City as the favorites and rightly so but there is still a long way to go.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Saturday, September 9, 2017: Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is fouled by Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Don Jackson-Wyatt/Propaganda)

If they can keep up their form over the busy X-mas period it is going to be an uphill task for the chasing pack to make up the ground. Liverpool is already 12 points behind and if they go on a run of not picking up points, they will be quickly out of contention.

If Liverpool manager to pick up most of the points over the 10 match period before the new year it is possible that they will close the gap. If they are able to do this they will need to spend big in the January transfer window to solve their defensive problems.

Kevin De Bruyne is on fire this season and his fine form is the main reason why City sits at the top of the EPL. The other clubs will be hoping that he picks up and injury as he is the heartbeat of the team and if he stays fit for the whole campaign it is difficult to see the other beat them to the finish line.

LONDON, ENGLAND – Saturday, November 4, 2017: Liverpool’s Sadio Mane celebrates after his side’s fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at the London Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The recent win over West Ham was vital and if they had lost that you could have written off their title aspirations. They would have been 15 points behind and it would have taken complete capitulation from the teams at the top to finish above them.

12 points are still going to be an uphill challenge and highly unlikely with the defense in complete disarray. It looks like Red fans will have to settle for a top-four finish yet again which is simply not good enough for a team that has won the second most titles in English football.

The January transfer window is going to be a vital time in Liverpool’s history. They did not invest well over the summer and instead of taking the vast sums on offer for Coutinho they held out. This is not biting them on the bottom as it is not in attack that the team are lacking but in defense.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 14, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

They could have easily coped without the Brazilian and with a couple of world-class defenders, we would not be seeing the same old Liverpool we have seen over the last few years. A team that bangs in the goals for fun but make constant costly errors at the back.

Liverpool has not been helped this season by a number of injuries to key players. They will need all of them back fit if they are going to close the gap on City. The next 10 matches over the Xmas and new year period have to be won along with slip-ups from the teams above if they are going to have a realist chance of snatching top spot.

If they are able to half the points difference by January and invest wisely in the transfer window they have an outside chance of winning the title but it is not a bet I would personally make.

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