Graeme Souness claims Liverpool are a shadow of the team they have been in recent seasons – and that every side in the Premier League now wants to face them.
The Reds suffered their fourth top-flight loss in a row as Everton battled to a 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon – ending their 22-year wait for a win at Anfield.
Defeat by the Toffees means Liverpool have drawn or lost 14 of their 25 league games this season, having dropped points just six times during their title-winning 2019/20 campaign.
Meanwhile, their unbeaten record at Anfield which stretched back to April 2017 was shattered last month and the Reds have lost each of their subsequent home games.
Jurgen Klopp’s men look the most vulnerable they have been in many years and Souness admits he is pained by the Reds’ rapid decline this season.
“As a Liverpool supporter, I am deeply disappointed with my team,” the former Reds captain told Sky Sports .
“It didn’t look like they had any energy or any fight or any real aggression about them. The best team got the points today.
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Asked whether Liverpool improved in the second half, Souness responded: “The first 10 minutes, I expected a reaction and at half-time and I think we got that kicking into the Kop which you always expect, an empty Kop.
“But after 10 minutes that faded as well. I think there’s no Liverpool player that can come off that pitch tonight and think ‘I’ve had a good game tonight’.
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“They’re a shadow of a team. When you think what Liverpool have been for three years – a team that no one wants to play against, a team that were always on the front foot, super aggressive, must have been horrible to play against them.
“And now everyone wants to play against them. They’re an easy touch and that hurts me.”
Souness also praised Everton for their performance against the champions, adding: “It was thoroughly deserved by Everton.
“They set out to be hard to play against. Liverpool had 71 per cent of the ball but it was tippy-tappy football most of the time.
“Whereas they did the business, Everton, defended when they’ve had to. Their goalkeeper [Jordan Henderson] has made a couple of really good saves – that’s why goalkeepers are in goal – and they deserved it today.”
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