Jamie Redknapp took aim at Liverpool’s dressing room after defeat to Chelsea and concluded that Jurgen Klopp has ‘a lot of players feeling sorry for themselves’ as the champions fell to a historic fifth consecutive loss at Anfield.
After being clear of Manchester City at Christmas, Klopp’s champions now find themselves in seventh and 22 points adrift of the league leaders. They now face a real fight to even secure a top four finish.
Liverpool’s decline has been in motion for weeks and months and while Redknapp was not surprised he was left to reflect on another performance where Klopp’s famed Gegenpressing was once again absent.
Liverpool slipped to their fifth defeat at Anfield in a row after Chelsea’s win on Thursday
Jamie Redknapp feels too many players in Liverpool’s dressing room feel sorry for themselves
‘It’s not a shock right now because of the form they’ve been in,’ Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
‘One shot on target. A lot of players feeling sorry for themselves.
‘Liverpool last year were a pressing machine, they would outwork every team, and now teams are doing that to them.’
Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher pointed to a side severely lacking in confidence as he was left to analyse Thursday night’s defeat.
Jurgen Klopp’s side now have ‘an uphill battle’ to try and qualify for the Champions League
When it comes to getting back on form and making the top four, Carragher conceded that Liverpool ‘have an uphill battle’ on their hands.
‘You’ve got a back four all over the place,’ Carragher said.
‘Somehow they’ve got to find a way of battling through this difficult time.
‘It’s unprecedented, with injuries, no crowd, but you’ve got to get your head down and work as hard as possible.’
Mason Mount, who was once again superb, got the winner for Chelsea in the first half, picking up a through ball by N’Golo Kante and taking the ball around a retreating Fabinho to curl the ball into the far corner.
‘I don’t look at this Liverpool side and think ‘oh they’re big heads now they’ve won the title’,’ Carragher added.
The champions have been decimated by injury and are in the middle of an awful run of form
‘But they’ve lost that belief, that confidence. It gets misconstrued as you’re tired or not quite at it.
‘They’re decimated by injuries, but they’ve got to find some form.’
Liverpool started the game with their 15th different defensive partnership of the season, after their backline has been ravaged by injury problems.
They are now four points behind Chelsea who are currently in fourth, and the two team above them, Everton and West Ham, each have a game in hand.
Asked where Liverpool go from here Klopp insisted it is less about tactics and more about heart.
‘It’s not that we go for any kind of excuses in these moments,’ the German said.
Jamie Carragher felt the back four of Liverpool were ‘all over the place’ up against Chelsea
‘So, I think that these games are decided in moments and were always like this and to get these moments back you have to fight, and in some moments you have to fight in a different level as well. That’s what I told the boys.
‘In these moments it’s not about tactics or something like that, it’s then really about being resilient, it’s about heart, all these kind of things.
‘I don’t say the boys didn’t show heart, I know what they invest and all these kind of things but we talk about the last [and] decisive two, three, four per cent and it will never happen that we will start blaming or whatever the circumstances. That’s just not the case, we had a good team, a really good team, tonight on the pitch and played in a lot of moments good football but not in decisive moments good enough.
‘There is only one person or group to criticise for that [and] that’s me and us. That’s what I told the boys.’