LIVERPOOL FALTER & MORE | CASE OF THE MONDAYS

Monday got you down? Well, lets head around the world to see which clubs are having a worse #CaseOfTheMondays than you!

Liverpool

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Coming off a narrow 1-0 win in a Cup replay against fourth-division Plymouth, a draw with Manchester United, and a loss to Southampton, a match at home against 17th-place Swansea seemed exactly what Liverpool needed to get their groove back. To return to being the Liverpool side who won by 2 or 3 (or 6) goals every weekend. The side that had Mignolet keeping clean sheets! Yeah, that didn’t happen; they lost 3-2.

But Liverpool fans shouldn’t despair; it is promising that they seemed back to their multiple-goal-scoring ways. Add the fact that Joel Matip is finally cleared to play by FIFA, means they’ll be getting a huge defensive upgrade to help stop the leakage in the other direction. However, it will continue to be difficult for them get back to tip-top form with Sadio Mané away at AFCON. All in all, though, they still have a very solid chance at remaining in the top 4 which, especially considering last season, is a very good place to be.

Atlético Madrid

Over the past few years, Atlético have made a name for themselves as the third horse in a normally two-horse La Liga. But if they want to keep being the thorn in Barcelona and Real Madrid’s sides, they need to act like it. The club’s fifth draw of the season this past weekend allowed both Spanish giants, as well as 2nd-place Sevilla, to widen the gap between them and the spots above. Plus, they are now in 4th place on goal difference only, and being knocked out of a Champions League spot for the first time in several years seems like a real possibility.

Club América

Yes, it’s only the third week of the Liga MX Clausura, but the Apertura runners-up currently sit in dead last — and were handed some nasty déjà vu this weekend after being beat by Tigres UANL once again. At least they scored a second goal this time?

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We’re not going to extrapolate from two games what this will mean for the entire rest of their season, but it’s definitely not an ideal (or expected) start for Mexico’s most decorated club.

Hamburger SV

Despite finishing a respectable 10th in the Bundesliga last year, Hamburger SV has not been having an easy season. Die Rothosen were handed their 10th loss of the season and currently sit in 16th with only 13 points; only one point separates them from the team sitting in the automatic relegation spot right below.

It would especially hurt after they went into the winter break with some semblance of momentum — a win against Schalke right before the break, and overall three wins (their only three wins all season!) out of their four December matches. Is this just a blip in the road, or is it more of the same for relegation-threatened side? Their match next weekend is against Ingolstadt, who sit right below them in the table. That could give their fans some hope…at least until the week right after, which kicks off their six-match run against top-half teams — including RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich.

Honorable Mention: Tottenham

It is a point of debate whether or not Chelsea has already all but won the Premier League, but if they haven’t, Spurs need to keep their hat firmly and consistently in the ring. And they had been; their results since their 1-0 loss to Manchester United in mid-December have been confident wins, in all competitions, by multiple goals each time.

Coming up against a faltering Manchester City should have been a win for the in-form side, but instead it was a labored — some might even say lucky, after going 2-0 down and generally not playing that well all match — draw. It isn’t what supporters will want to see from a side that, of any other top 4 team, seemed to have the best shot at catching Chelsea.

Is there a team that’s having a worse #CaseoftheMondays than these? Hit us up in the comments!

RJ DeMello

My name is RJ. I've been addicted to the beautiful game for over 9 years now. I once scored a bike kick in JV high school soccer practice.