21 Feb Liverpool ‘a shadow of a team’ in Everton loss
Former Liverpool captain and supervisor Graeme Souness has labelled the present team an “straightforward contact” and a shadow of their former selves after the champions fell to a 2-Zero derby defeat by Everton — their fourth straight house defeat.
In one other dismal efficiency, Jurgen Klopp’s team appeared nothing just like the aspect which stormed to the league title final season, ending the membership’s 30 yr await a home championship.
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The loss follows defeats at Anfield by Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester Metropolis and was Everton’s first win at Anfield since 1999.
“They seem to be a shadow of a team. While you suppose what Liverpool have been for 3 years — a team that nobody desires to play towards, a team that had been at all times on the entrance foot, tremendous aggressive, will need to have been horrible to play towards them,” stated Souness, now a pundit with Sky Sports activities.
“And now everybody desires to play towards them. They’re a straightforward contact and that hurts me.”
Souness questioned the strategy taken by Liverpool’s gamers to the conflict with their Merseyside neighbours who had not overwhelmed them in 20 league encounters.
“As a Liverpool supporter, I’m deeply disillusioned with my team. It did not appear to be that they had any power or any struggle or any actual aggression about them. One of the best team obtained the factors,” he added.
Football4cast FC’s Craig Burley addresses the fact of Liverpool doubtlessly lacking out on the Champions League for subsequent season.
“I feel there is not any Liverpool participant that may come off that pitch tonight and suppose ‘I’ve had sport tonight.'”
Liverpool are in sixth place, 16 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis and now face a battle to even make the highest 4 and qualify for subsequent yr’s Champions League.
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum stated it was important that Liverpool took on the problem with the suitable mindset.
“You do not wish to really feel sorry for your self and do not wish to go into the sufferer function,” stated the midfielder. “You simply wish to take care of the state of affairs and attempt to deliver it to a greater finish, or finish, even when you realize that you’ve numerous accidents.
“I feel that is how we should always take a look at the state of affairs, not be the victims however simply attempt to flip it round. Now we have numerous video games to show it round – if we’ll take a look at the state of affairs as victims it’ll be worse,” he stated.