Jamie Carragher claimed Liverpool should be more worried about finishing in the top four than defending their Premier League title after they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Burnley.
The Reds were downed by Ashley Barnes' late penalty after another lacklustre attacking performance.
The defending champions have failed to win any of their last five league games and have fallen six points behind league-leaders Manchester United.
The Red Devils are in fine form, while Manchester City have also staked their claim to the title with imperious performances in recent weeks.
And Carragher admits Liverpool's hopes of winning the league are quickly "slipping away".
"We were talking about a blip for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp has come out and defended his players as you would expect because these players have done so much for Liverpool," Carragher told Sky Sports .
"But at this moment it looks like the title is slipping away. Six points can still be recovered but the form Liverpool are in and the fixtures they have in the coming months, I think Liverpool fans will be worrying a little more about their top-four position than the title."
Liverpool have scored just one goal in their last five games and Carragher lamented the inconsistency his former club have been plagued by this season.
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He added: "I think they have got to get back to scoring goals and winning games before they start thinking about someone taking the title off them.
"They have just been so poor. You cannot quite believe what has happened to Liverpool in the last few weeks.
"You go from that 7-0 win at Palace to so many players out of form at the same time. It is his job to fix it – whether that is formations, personnel, however they go about it – but there are many teams challenging for that top four it will be a worry for Liverpool until they get out of this little run that they are on."
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If Liverpool are unable to put together a run of wins, Carragher anticipates they will be out of title contention by the end of next month.
"They just seemed to lose belief and confidence. It’s almost like they feel like they need to score in the first half," said the former centre-back.
"As soon as the clock starts ticking closer and closer to ninety minutes, you just don’t think Liverpool can score.
"I can’t remember a time when this team has had so many players out of form at the same time."
Reiterating his warning about finishing in the top four, Carragher added: "Liverpool supporters will be massively frustrated. This team will always be legends in everyone’s eyes.
"For whatever reason this season, it’s not just dropped off, it’s massively dropped off in the last four or five games. And it’s a worry, not just in terms of the title, but in terms of the top four positions.
"There’s so many teams who will fancy their chances this season of that goal, and Liverpool have got a really tough run of six or seven games to come.
"And if they don’t go well, they’ll be well out of the title race by then, the end of February."
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