Gary Neville has criticised Mohamed Salah for giving the ball away on too many occasions, as Liverpool’s poor Premier League form continued.
The Reds’ faint title hopes took yet another blow on Sunday, when they were thrashed 4-1 by Manchester City at Anfield.
It was Liverpool ’s third home league defeat on the spin, something that hadn’t happened since 1963.
The loss leaves them 10 points behind Premier League leaders Man City, with Jurgen Klopp’s side in the midst of their worst form under the German.
“This is a place where they’ve been invincible for so long and you’ve just never seen Liverpool anything other than positive here,” he told the Gary Neville Podcast.
“They just are really tentative. They’re playing extra passes, they’re not being as direct in their attacking.”
Summer signing Thiago Alcantara has taken some criticism for not fitting in with his new team, but Neville believes the fault also lies with the Egyptian.
Salah scored from the penalty spot during the humbling defeat, but Manchester United legend Neville has also pointed out that his tendency to lose possession isn’t always helping the team.
“That will point towards Thiago naturally, I don’t think it’s just him, it’s just the fact that all across the team they’re being more safe,” Neville added.
“Liverpool’s team over the past three years have been breathtaking but they played with risk all the time.
“Salah…how many times does he give it away in the opposing half of the pitch where he tries to beat people?
“It’s frustrating. You see the rest of his team-mates frustrated. Mane as well, Firmino.
“The direct passes into them are not there. The risk is in their game isn’t there. The running in their game isn’t there. And things aren’t falling for them.
“They’ve had injuries. They’ve had a few years going for it at full pelt, the strange season that we’ve had, a number of things can actually just happen at once and it just feels like the perfect storm in terms of what’s happening at Liverpool.”
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