Liverpool’s disappointing start to the Premier League campaign could have a considerable effect on their ambitions towards the top of the table.
But after nine games this season, they sit ninth, having taken 13 points from three wins, four draws and two losses.
They have won just once in the league since the start of September, and their most recent outing saw Klopp’s side fall to a 4-1 thrashing away to Tottenham.
This highlights the difficulty the Reds face in their efforts to qualify for the Champions League again next season.
As suggested by supporter Simon Brundish, Liverpool would need to average 2.17 points per game over their remaining 29 games in the league to match last season’s points tally.
At the very most, they can afford to lose eight more games, but if that was the case Klopp would be required to oversee 21 more victories.
They could also draw 12 games and win 17, though finishing with 76 points is no guarantee of a top-four finish in the Premier League, given the quality of their rivals.
To put the challenge into perspective, Liverpool have currently averaged just 1.44 points per game in the English top flight this season.
The gauntlet has been emphatically laid down for Klopp and his players, and the next seven months will be a real test.