Without all those injuries, Liverpool might not have handed Manchester City the English Premier League title so easily.
The Reds thrashed Arsenal 3-0 on Saturday, a reminder of the quality that allowed the defending champions to rise to the top only in December before imploding.
Now, it is City that is 17 units ahead of Manchester United, after winning 2-0 in their visit to Leicester.
This means that the triumph at the Emirates Stadium, secured by a double by Diogo Jota and a goal by Mohamed Salah, barely propelled Liverpool to fifth place.
Reaching Chelsea to qualify for the Champions League became a more affordable goal in the final eight rounds of the season, as Liverpool snapped Thomas Tuchel’s 14-game undefeated streak early in his tenure as Arsenal strategist. .
Chelsea’s 5-2 loss to relegation-threatened West Bromwich brought Liverpool within two points of fourth place.
The first site is practically unreachable. Liverpool is 25 points behind City, after winning the title last year, with an advantage of 18 points.