Opinion: How far are Liverpool off the established top four?

Liverpool have already played Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea already away from home this season, but sit only six points off the top four spots.

Out of the possible 12 points they could've picked up from these games, the Reds have picked up an impressive seven points, and under new manager Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool are looking a side to fear again.

Under former boss, Brendan Rodgers, only one point was picked up from Arsenal and United away, but Klopp has managed to tactically dismantle Chelsea and City, scoring 7 goals and only conceding twice in both of those games.

A time to catch up?

Liverpool's next seven league games are against opposition who aren't expected to challenge for a top four place, so this gives Klopp's men a chance to catch up with the rest. The Reds currently sit 9th in the league - just eight points off surprise leaders, Leicester City.

With the majority of teams dropping a lot of points this season, it is very possible for Liverpool to make up the points difference in very short time, but they have to find some consistency.

Could injuries hinder Liverpool's hopes?

Liverpool have been hit with a number of injuries this season, that has had quite an impact on the games the club have played in.

However, Klopp was boosted with the return of Daniel Sturridge yesterday, when he returned to the substitutes' bench, during the 4-1 win over Manchester City. He did not play, but his presence on the bench was a huge boost for the club, as well as the fans. Captain Jordan Henderson is also expected to return soon, and will be another huge boost for the club.

However, influential defender, Mamadou Sakho is expected to be out for a number of weeks, and Danny Ings and Joe Gomez have respective long-term injuries, and may not be seen again this season.

Top four is expected

With Chelsea having started the season poorly this term, Liverpool have managed to open up a six-point gap ahead of them already.

Arsenal, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs are considered the top four clubs in England nowadays, but with Chelsea's shortcomings of late, Liverpool have a huge chance to take their place.

Leicester City are currently occupying one of the top four spots, but they aren't expected to keep up with the rest for the entire season, and when they drop off, Klopp's men are expected to pounce.

This is as good a season as any for Liverpool to re-establish themselves as a top four club.