Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, has branded Liverpool players as ‘zombies’.
Neville said this after Liverpool suffered their seventh defeat of the Premier League season over the weekend.
Liverpool lost 2-0 to Everton at Anfield over the weekend following goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
“It is starting to get a little bit worrying in a sense we know they [Liverpool] have got injuries,” Neville said on his Sky Sports Podcast.
“We know they haven’t got fans in the stadium, we know about COVID and there are a lot of games, but it is the same for everybody. But it is the lack of change. A different idea.
“They just look beaten, almost like zombies on the pitch. Walking around thinking the same thing.
“Maybe it needs something different from Klopp? He has been quite simply unchallengeable and still is at Liverpool, but even he might be thinking now: ‘do I’ve to do something different?’
“It is not for me to advise Liverpool or Klopp what to do but playing a box to protect your centre-backs or maybe going to three at the back. We’ve seen other teams go to that system.
“But it looks to me they need a new idea just to give them a spark or it could be a really depressing season for them where they don’t qualify for the Champions League, although I still think they’ll.”
EPL: Oscar opens up on return to Chelsea, ending his career at Stamford Bridge
Former Chelsea midfielder, Oscar, has revealed his plans to return to Stamford Bridge to ‘finish’ off his career.
The Brazilian left Chelsea in 2017 to join Chinese side, Shanghai SIPG, in a £60m deal that has seen him earn £400,000-a-week salary for the last four years.
However, the 29-year-old is keen to return to the West London club that helped him win two English Premier League titles, the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
“I think about finishing at Chelsea because I had good times before at Chelsea,” Oscar told talkSPORT.
“Chelsea helped me a lot to improve and to do what I always dreamed [of], which was to play in the Champions League, and they helped me to play in the World Cup and to win the Premier League.
“I’ve a lot of friends at Chelsea. If I’ve a chance to finish my career at Chelsea, it is a dream for me. Of course, Chelsea does not like to buy too many older players, which is normal because it is a top team from Europe, but I’ll try my best to be fit to finish there.”
Oscar netted 38 goals in 203 appearances for Chelsea after arriving from Brazilian side Internacional in 2012 in a deal worth around £20m.
EPL: Highest goal scorers in Premier League after Week 23 [See top 15]
Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah is three goals clear in the race for the Golden Boot this season with 16 goals after Game Week 23 fixtures.
Salah remains top of the scoring charts, after his consolation goal from the spot, as the Reds lost 4-1 to Manchester City on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur captain, Harry Kane, is in second place with 13 goals.
Kane shares the position with team-mate Son Heung-Min, Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).
Patrick Bamford of Leeds United has 12 goals.
Premier League top scorers:
16 goals: Mohammed Salah (Liverpool)
13 goals: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
12 goals: Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)
11 goals: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
10 goals: Callum Wilson (Newcastle United), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
9 goals: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
8 goals: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Tomas Soucek (West Ham)
Liverpool vs Man City: Guardiola’s men thrash EPL champions 4-1 at Anfield
This was essentially the passing of the guard.
Champions Liverpool, on their patch, lost 4-1 to table toppers and whisper it a bit more loudly now, champions-elect Manchester City.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker seemed to be eager to do the honours of personally gift-wrapping the title and handing it over to Pep Guardiola’s men.
The Brazilian, who was impeccable alongside the stricken Virgil van Dijk, as they ended the Reds’ 30-year wait, was culpable for City’s last three goals, all tucked away by Ilkay Gundgoan, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.
Gundogan had put aside a missed penalty in the first half, to open scoring in the second half.
Ruben Dias pulled at Mohammed Salah and referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. The Egyptian superstar dusted himself to make it 1-1 from the spot.
And then, City went into overdrive, in a way only they can.
At full time, they are now five points ahead of second-placed Manchester United with a game in hand. And possibly the title too.