This season has been a ‘actuality examine’ for Liverpool, believes talkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino, who claims the Reds have gone BACKWARDS this season.
2021 has not gone to plan for the defending champions, and the Weekend Sports activities Breakfast host says Jurgen Klopp’s crew are actually again to the place they have been earlier than their Premier League and Champions League title wins, following their current collapse of kind.
Liverpool have been sitting prime of the desk on the flip of the 12 months after thrashing Crystal Palace 7-0, with Man City one level beneath them.
However now, they go into Saturday’s Merseyside derby down in sixth place, with Everton three factors again in seventh and Man City a full 16 factors away from the champions on the prime.
It’s been fairly a outstanding slide for the Reds, who’ve gained simply twice in 2021 and might be seeking to finish a run of three straight Premier League defeats once they host their rivals from throughout Stanley Park at Anfield.
It’s clear accidents have harm Klopp’s crew, however Cascarino believes one thing else has been lacking from the Liverpool crew this season, claiming they’ve regarded extra just like the 2016 Reds aspect that was crushed within the Europa League ultimate.
“It’s been a tough interval for Liverpool,” stated the Weekend Sport Breakfast host.
“A few of the video games and performances, watching them go behind in video games… one thing has been lacking and it’s clearly gamers in sure positions which have been the large gaps to fill.
“However there’s part of me that thinks they’re in the identical place as they have been three years in the past, earlier than their Champions League and Premier League wins.
“I have a look at Liverpool and the place they have been three years in the past, there have been sure video games they performed… the Europa League ultimate towards Sevilla was certainly one of them, the place they have been main and fairly comfy however they fell aside within the second half.
“They did the identical factor at Leicester final weekend. They have been main, enjoying actually, very well for 75 minutes, they conceded a foul aim after which misplaced the sport 3-1.
“They’ve completed that a little bit bit too typically this 12 months, it’s the style of the collapse, when the collapse has come it’s been like a pack of playing cards.
“They’re a extremely intelligent aspect, they will hold the ball for enjoyable, it hasn’t been fairly what we noticed final 12 months.
“It’s largely due to accidents and Thiago has come into the crew… it’s unfair to say he’s the rationale why their midfield has not been so efficient, however he does make Liverpool play barely in another way.
“Liverpool have set the requirements very excessive, the variety of factors gathered by Liverpool and Man City over the past two or three seasons has been extraordinary.
“However this season has been an actual actuality examine for them.”