Liverpool will battle to complete within the Premier League TOP SIX this time period as they battle with ‘second season syndrome’, QPR ahead and Reds fan Charlie Austin has informed talkSPORT.
Jurgen Klopp’s aspect ended the weekend all the best way down in sixth place, a large 19 factors behind league leaders Manchester City after shedding Saturday night’s Merseyside derby.
It was Everton’s first win at Anfield since 1999, and made it 4 successive league defeats for the Reds to proceed their speedy slide down the desk.
Extremely, Liverpool have now additionally misplaced every of their previous 4 league video games at Anfield and the final time that occurred was 1923.
Retaining their Premier League crown is now nicely and really off the playing cards for Liverpool, and even securing a spot within the high 4 appears unlikely given they’re 5 factors behind West Ham in fourth.
However Reds fan Austin, who’s on mortgage at QPR from West Brom, says his beloved membership ought to really be fearful about ending within the TOP SIX!
Talking as co-host on Monday’s Drivetime, Austin informed talkSPORT: “Second season syndrome… you often say that about promoted groups, that they do nicely the primary yr however the second yr they fail.
“Cling on a minute, Liverpool are doing it right here.
“Me being a Liverpool fan, it was incredible final yr. I used to be pondering, ‘come on, let’s again it up and go on a run of two/three/4/5 years like United did’.
“But it surely’s simply not occurred.
“And in the mean time it’s going to be a battle for high 4… it’s going to be a battle for high six!”
Austin additionally questioned Liverpool’s switch enterprise, particularly in relation to their failure to switch Virgil van Dijk by not signing a brand new central defender till the final day of the winter window.
The striker added: “They’ve bought a protracted listing of accidents – I get that, I do – however that’s a part of soccer.
“Van Dijk has a large damage in November, they usually know he’s out for the season, and it takes them till deadline day to attempt to change him?
“You may’t change him, however to herald somebody that may fill the void… I’m unsure they’ve been in a position to do this.”
In the meantime, talking on Monday Night time Soccer, Anfield legend Jamie Carragher mentioned he was sick of listening to Van Dijk’s damage used an excuse and insisted Liverpool shouldn’t be immune from criticism.
The Reds have had horrible luck this season as their Premier League title defence has imploded.
They’ve misplaced Van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term accidents and suffered quite a few different setbacks in defence, forcing them to make use of 18 completely different centre-back partnerships.
However Carragher says high groups ought to nonetheless discover a approach to win, and has recommended some adjustments Klopp might make to get them again on monitor.
“Liverpool can’t win the league with Van Dijk being out for the entire season, I didn’t really feel – I mentioned that after the final derby recreation (in October),” he started.
“However the issues Liverpool have, whether or not their defenders are out, the midfield gamers are at centre-back, doesn’t imply they will’t win dwelling video games in opposition to Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom.
“Manchester United, perhaps, Man City, actual fine quality, nevertheless it’s not an excuse for particular person video games. It doesn’t matter what downside you might have as a Liverpool participant, you’ll be able to’t not win at dwelling for six video games. That’s not acceptable. It’s not.
“Once I consider conditions I’ve been in – and I’ve been in groups inferior to this one – however you discover a approach to win. We beat Everton twice with 10 males.
“Liverpool began the sport in opposition to Everton with 10 Champions League winners. Van Dijk will not be an excuse in particular person video games.
“So that you’re speaking about perhaps doing one thing completely different. It’s not rip every thing up, in fact it’s not, however I do assume there may very well be a tweaking of the system – perhaps a 4-2-3-1, carry an additional attacking participant in, as a result of Liverpool are struggling to create and rating objectives.
“And defensively now, I feel, is there a case for placing Liverpool 10 yards additional again?
“Liverpool by no means performed this excessive when Jurgen Klopp first got here in, once they had Kolo Toure, once they had (Mamadou) Sakho, (Martin) Skrtel, (Dejan) Lovren. They nonetheless pressed.
“It might be a case of that, as a result of this excessive line at this second, (Ozan) Kabak is struggling early on in his Liverpool profession, Ben Davies could are available in, Nat Phillips goes to play. They want a bit extra assist and a bit extra safety, and I feel that might assist them going ahead.”