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Liverpool have “gone backwards” as they’re accused of missing a trick

Liverpool have been accused of “going backwards” by former Red Steve McMahon who was surprised they didn’t spend heavily following their title success.

The Reds have endured a horror campaign and face a battle to qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

It comes less than a year after the Merseysiders cruised to the title to end a 30-year wait for a top flight success.

Injuries to key men this season, especially in defence, have played a major role in their decline however.

Klopp opted not to bring in a new centre-half when Dejan Lovren left the club, but did add Diogo Jota and Thiago.

Liverpool are in a race to finish in the top four

McMahon though is surprised the Liverpool boss didn’t spend more heavily in an effort to continue their dominance.

He told talkSPORT Breakfast : “I’m surprised [Klopp] never spent after the triumph of winning the Premier League.

“The art of top teams is ‘spend when you’re on top’, but they’ve gone backwards in the Premier League because everyone else is moving forward.

“I would have thought you’d sign two or three when you’re on the up, not when you are struggling.

Virgil van Dijk has been missing for the majority of the season
Virgil van Dijk has been missing for the majority of the season

“Nine times out of ten Klopp knows his best team. When you start tinkering and your best XI isn’t available, and you have a few adverse results, that’s when you start to question your team and ask, ‘am I selecting the right players in the right positions?’.

“It’s been difficult for Liverpool getting through this period and you’d have liked Liverpool to get a few more points, but they haven’t been able to do that.

“It’s a shame and they are clinging on to get a European position.”

Liverpool’s latest defeat came at Leicester which leaves them 16 points off leaders Manchester City.

Wins for their rivals means Klopp’s team sit in sixth – two points outside the top four ahead of this weekend’s derby at Anfield.




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