It's not dire. It's got huge potential. But we've got the issue of a potentially career threatening injury and a largely unknown commodity, albeit one with big big potential.. making up 2 out of the 4 players you're saying are klopps grand plan.
I think keita, fabinho, ox, and gini, all playing at full potential, is pretty much as good as anything out there. I think its a midfield with fantastic potential. But... we haven't had it this season and there's been nobody in reserve to rotate who bring in nearly the same qualities. The work rate of Henderson and Milner is so great that they give us at least a good enough foundation for other players to win us games. They don't give us the ability to either win or control play themselves.
There are games this season we absolutely had to grind out.. where we showed other abilities to win games. But you can't rely on those things long term. The law of averages dictates in the end and when city won by a close score, they had almost compete control of possession. When we won close, often timed it really could have gone the other way. The nature of our games in that ruin in was certainly not the same. 1 point might have separated us, but if we crossed the line 1 second behind them in a race, then they had gears to spare and we were flat out.
What we did this season was monumental. It really shouldn't have been this close. But that was due to a reliance on other things than our technique and control of situations. We fought like champions and really if not for city's money we'd be champs. No doubt. But that's reason why the situation is anything but direin my mind. If we can do what we did, with there still being major room for improvement in our midfield, then there's potential for this Liverpool team to break records in the future.
You and RedForever must be close friends outside of the forum. You don't lead the league in clean sheets by "not being in control." We averaged 60% possession this year in the PL versus City averaging 65%. That comes out to 4.5 minutes a game or 171 minutes a year. We averaged 8.1 shots against per game (1 shot every 6.67 minutes the other team had possession) they averaged 6.3 (1 per 9.3 minutes the other team had possession). What I am getting at here is even if we had "City's complete control" we'd only face 1 less shot per game. Additionally, Alisson had 18 more saves than Ederson this year, meaning he had an extra save every other game, which still doesn't add up to us being less in control (If Alisson had to save an extra shot per game over Ederson then I could see the point.)
Bottom line, the problem is more rhetoric induced rather than factually based.