Liverpool have endured a difficult season so far this term with Jurgen Klopp's side well adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City and set to concede last season's title with a whimper.

More alarming is the fall beneath the top-four spots in the league, which means a significant improvement is required over the final weeks of the season if they are to cement a spot in next season's Champions League.

Unfortunately, involvement in this year's competition may be coming to a swift end shortly following defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.

A 3-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu gives Liverpool a chance but they will need to score at least twice in the return fixture at Anfield to hold any chance of securing a spot in the final four.

Liverpool's struggles this season have been well documented and their standing in world football has slightly been knocked as a result, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Klopp's side find themselves ranked fourth in the standings, behind Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich as a result.

Despite losing to Real Madrid, Liverpool are still ranked one position higher than the Spanish giants, while Manchester United find themselves sixth in the standings and Chelsea sit seventh.

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FiveThirtyEight's Global Soccer Rankings are created using an SPI rating - which are the best estimates of a team’s overall strength.

In our system, every team has an offensive rating that represents the number of goals it would be expected to score against an average team on a neutral field, and a defensive rating that represents the number of goals it would be expected to concede.

These ratings, in turn, produce an overall SPI rating, which represents the percentage of available points — a win is worth 3 points, a tie worth 1 point, and a loss worth 0 points — the team would be expected to take if that match were played over and over again.