Jurgen Klopp is ‘not showing any leadership’ at Liverpool as his side slipped to a fifth straight Anfield defeat.
The Reds were outclassed by Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea on Thursday night and the 1-0 scoreline did not reflect the true story of the game.
The home side dropped down to seventh in the Premier League and they now face a struggle to get back into the top four by the end of the season.
Liverpool are less than a year removed from storming to the title but have lost their way this season.
Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves thinks that Klopp isn’t showing enough leadership at the moment.
“I actually think Liverpool have had a result tonight that they’ve only been beaten 1-0,” Groves told the Sports Bar. “(Timo) Werner’s offside goal was ridiculous. He should have scored two or three others.
“The only time Liverpool ever looked like they were going to score was when Chelsea continuously played out from the back.
“(Edouard) Mendy looked a little bit shaky when it went back to him. (Andreas) Christensen didn’t look particularly comfortable.
“We know Liverpool have injuries, we know (Virgil) Van Dijk is injured, (Joe) Gomez and (Diogo) Jota. We know that so it’s a couple of the reasons.
“The Liverpool players aren’t doing their jobs properly. Jurgen Klopp, who is the leader of Liverpool football club, he isn’t doing his job properly at this particular time.
“Players go through dips in form, I think Klopp is going through the biggest dip in form of his managerial career.
“At Dortmund, he had a dip where they were bottom and got them back to seventh. He learnt.
Groves continued: “The stuff he’s doing at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be a clear, clinical thought process.
“The team hasn’t got any leaders on the pitch at the moment. The team isn’t getting any leadership so this is where the manager has to give leadership.
“At the moment he’s not doing it. Now the manager has to find a way (to get over the injuries) and at the moment he isn’t doing it.
“He looks like he’s lost his way. It’s easy when you’re fist pumping, running down the touchline when things are going your way. You still have to give that leadership when things aren’t going well.
“At the moment when you look over, he’s not doing it. Even bad Liverpool teams never went and lost five on the trot at home.
“I’ve been sticking up for Jurgen Klopp quite a bit because of all the outside stuff beyond his control. There’s stuff within his control he’s not doing properly.”
talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein even admitted he felt sorry for Liverpool fans at the moment amid their dreadful run of form this year.
“It’s just becoming quite embarrassing,” Goldstein said. “I can’t believe I’m saying this, I feel sorry for Liverpool fans.
“I feel sorry for them. It’s terrible. I look at a broken Liverpool side now. They’ve only got one way to play.
“Jurgen Klopp makes substitutions that are like for like. You need a goal and you take off, not just your goalscorer, but the top scorer in the Premier League in Mohamed Salah.
“You still need a goal and you bring on James Milner and still have Origi and Shaqiri on the bench.”