Former Liverpool player and now broadcaster Steven McManaman has given some interesting reasons why Liverpool have dropped off this season.
Speaking to Betfred, McManaman said ““I think there are a few reasons to be honest. Their workload last year, as well as losing the Champions League final, would take a toll on most footballers. Losing Sadio Mané is obviously a big issue too because he was a super player for them”.
He went on further: “That press from the front is hard to replicate and I believe Liverpool have lost that with Mané leaving and the others being injured. Liverpool have begun to change the way they play recently.
Confidence is a huge issue because they’re not playing well and they’re getting beaten. I believe the players now are not as confident as they once were, so they try the easy pass and they try and not lose the ball. That affects them in the sense that they don’t want to go forward as much”.
However, he did finish off optimistically: “Their season, up to now, has been really poor in comparison to the lofty heights they reached last season but I don’t believe it’s a disaster by any means. They’ll know where they need to strengthen and they’ll move forward from there.”
McManaman played 272 times for Liverpool scoring 46 goals. He then went on to play for Real Madrid and Manchester City.