Man United legend Gary Neville assesses Liverpool’s ‘woeful’ performance
Gary Neville reckons some of the Liverpool players need a rest
Gary Neville believes Brendan Rodgers needs to give some of his struggling Liverpool players a rest.
The Reds suffered their sixth league defeat of the season on Sunday after Rodgers’s side were soundly beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Road.
It’s to do with the mentality, fitness and confidence
And former Manchester United defender Neville reckons Liverpool are struggling due to issues with their “mentality, fitness and confidence”.
“Crystal Palace were more enthusiastic, had more energy and Liverpool’s performance was woeful, when you think of the standard they set themselves last year,” said Neville.
“That’s what’s damaging Liverpool more than anything at this moment in time; it’s such a short memory to think how they played last season. They were startling at times, breath-taking.
“What was breath-taking about them? People used to say they blitzed teams in the early parts of matches. But what was staggering to watch last season was the pressurising, the intensity when they gave the ball away to winning it back. At this moment in time it isn’t there.
“Structurally Liverpool aren’t a great defensive unit but what they were great at last season was springing into attack and reacting quicker to win the ball back.
“That’s not to do with quality, it’s not to do with Luis Suarez or world class players. It’s to do with the mentality, fitness and confidence.
“The difference is night and day. If you look at Crystal Palace in the game, they look like the ones in fast forward and Liverpool are in rewind.
“They say in football that your hard work results in performances, results and goals. If you said to me what Liverpool’s faults are at the moment, I’d say it’s in attack. But, actually the reason they’re not getting the level of attack is because they’re not getting the ball back quickly enough, at the same intensity.”