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As the final whistle rang around St James' Park on Wednesday night, perhaps prickles of nostalgia started to creep up on the necks of Liverpool fans.

The goalless stalemate not only represented more points dropped but an inability to sweep aside another one of the teams in the lower reaches of the table.

This, as Liverpool fans will be all too acutely aware, has happened before.

During the 2008-09 season under Rafa Benitez the Merseyside club came closer than they had ever before to finally clinching Premier League silverware, losing only two games all season but ultimately being undone by a series of draws.

Jurgen Klopp has cut an anxious figure in recent weeks with Liverpool failing to press ahead

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Jurgen Klopp has cut an anxious figure in recent weeks with Liverpool failing to press ahead

went on to win the title as a result, despite being soundly beaten both home and away by their arch rivals. 

The Liverpool of today may well be an entirely different beast and Jurgen Klopp's men are of course reigning champions, but could an old pattern be re-establishing itself?

Sportsmail took a closer look at the troublesome results currently holding back the league leaders from pushing into open water.

From decisive destroyers...

Last season Liverpool gained momentum like never before and simply steamrollered teams.

Having taken heart from finishing a point behind City in the season prior, and being crowned Champions League winners, Klopp's side had an injection of confidence like no other.

Last season Salah and Co. ruthlessly destroyed sides lower down the table, including Norwich

Last season Salah and Co. ruthlessly destroyed sides lower down the table, including Norwich

It also helped that the side had experienced a full campaign of bedding in together and learning each other's ways to a fine degree.

Of the bottom-six teams Liverpool faced last season (which was, of course, subject to change throughout the campaign) they dropped only three points, which came in the form of a shock defeat by Watford as the Reds had all but galloped into the distance with their points tally.

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Each of Southampton, Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham, Norwich, Bournemouth and Brighton came up against Liverpool during a spell near the foot of the division. Each one was defeated.

Despite their shock victory at Vicarage Road, Watford were competently beaten 2-0 by the Reds earlier in the campaign, during a one-sided fixture in mid December. 

In these matches Klopp's side scored 24 goals, while conceding just eight. 

Sadio Mane peels away in celebration last season after helping the Reds down Bournemouth

Sadio Mane peels away in celebration last season after helping the Reds down Bournemouth

To frustrated foragers...

This season it must be noted that Liverpool have continued, in large, with their spellbinding performances.

They do not find themselves at the top of the table by chance, and a recent 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park shows Liverpool are still more than capable of turning on the heat in devastating .

But it is the other games, sandwiched among the dizzyingly hectic fixture schedule, which the Reds have plugged away and foraged for a result, only to end up disappointed.

Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah were left feeling anguished after drawing away to Newcastle

Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah were left feeling anguished after drawing away to Newcastle

Against Fulham, earlier in December, Liverpool recording a healthy 76 per cent possession at Craven Cottage and had 12 shots, with half of those being on target.

At their clinical best, one would expect the Merseysiders to win the game comfortably. As it were, only a 79th-minute Mohamed Salah penalty saved the blushes and avoided what would have been a wounding defeat.

A valiant

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