Well we're not dominating games for sure lately, and that was quite a bit before we started yielding the 3 points. So the question is what has changed? I'll try to go through the factors one by one. - I think it all started with injuries, especially Coutinho's and Henderson's, two crucial ones that coincided for a long period. During which we also saw Sturridge injured for a while, Milner, Matip, and Lallana as well. That's 6 players, 5 of which are starting (of which 3 I personally consider the spine: Coutinho, Henderson, Matip). - Timing of return wasn't ideal, as with Mane's absence we can't go back to our proper starting line-up and see both our attack and midfield affected by the absence of a single player - Lallana is moved up front (where he is not so effective - and btw, we knew that already), and he is missing from the midfield where he performed so well this season (and where we see Emre in his place - who is still growing in the position). Shows how crucial Mane is in our attack, and shows the lack of options if a key player is injured. - Firmino hasn't been in form without Coutinho, and it's evident how he found his game after a few games with Coutinho back in the team. This is a microcosmos of how things can be unsettled by minor tweaks in a perfectly functioning machine - because it can be observed here and there in the starting XI (Lallana not functioning in attack and denied from midfield, Henderson missing from midfield, Matip from defence etc.). - Sturridge simply need to be given a role and trust if he'd be to start scoring again for us regularly. I don't think it's easy for him to find that when you play 20 minutes or when you are given a start every odd game. With Mane's absence, the logical thing to do would be to keep Lallana where we know he can perform at his best, and to not move him where we know he can't perform, and to give Sturridge his time and the trust that he needs for his confidence as a striker to be regained. I mean we knew Mane would be missing months ago, so it's not like injuries where you need to react on the spot. You can have a plan in such cases. So if the plan was to move Lallana where we already know he can't work, and not trust a real forward (for all the reasons that we know), I don't see how that was a good plan and how we expected it to succeed. Recipe for failure and I really didn't expect it to be honest. - Origi was in great form for a few games (score 5 goals in a few games there), and there seemed to be hope that he grew into his striker role, but unfortunately he's still young and as it's normal for players of his age, he had a spell of what we're about to see in a more consistent basis in a few year's time, but for now, it's only logical to see it go up and down at this age. Consistency is the thing that young players build to become experienced and prolific strikers, and it's only built up with time. He'll have it of course, and I can't wait to see him get there, but for now, it's nothing to be relied on - it can be perfect at times, but at least as many times it can be frustrating to rely on him and we shouldn't either. We should have a bit more luxury, and I'm hoping that Klopp is very much aware of that and that we'll have that in the summer (personally, hoping it won't be at the expense of losing Sturridge, but I know most posters don't agree with me here). - When Mane gets back and we have the starting line-up, if we keep not getting results I can start thinking about whether we have greater issues, but for now it's very clear that we have a very limited hand there, and what we're seeing is the results of a badly jammed hand. Even with only one player missing right now (as hopefully Mane will be fully back by the time we play Chelsea), it disturbs two areas of the game so much that it results in a completely different balance in the team, which is not really functioning. So I'm hoping that we'll find a way to beat that so important game vs Chelsea before Mane returns somehow, and set ourselves for a comeback. - I'm much more optimistic for Klopp's second full season, as his history of transfers at Dortmund shows that he'll strengthen and it seems he'll have all the backing he'll need from the owners. If there's good options and we get them, we shouldn't have the same problem - at least not at the same level - next season, and we'll have most our players getting closer to peak as well. But even for this season, there's a good chance to recover from the current problem, and achieve a 4th+ position and get back in the CL and maybe just maybe to do it in style and be in the top spots which are all fair game right now. For me the most important thing for the team's future is to keep our star players (hold on to everyone really, especially Coutinho, and his recent renewal was a must), then strengthen from there. And let's see what we can do this season. Let's start winning again, and most importantly, let's start dominating games again the way we had at the first couple of months. Then the points will come.