‘Liverpool are going backwards under Brendan Rodgers’
Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool are rudderless at the moment
Liverpool are going backwards just as fast as they went forwards last season, Mark Lawrenson says.
The Reds crashed out of the Champions League at the group-stage hurdle on Tuesday night, whilst last year’s Premier League runners-up are ninth in the table.
And former Liverpool defender Lawrenson described the Merseyside outfit as “rudderless” ahead of their daunting trip to in-form Manchester United on Sunday.
“It is eight months since Liverpool blew Manchester United away to win 3-0 at Old Trafford but it seems an awful lot longer than that,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“To be frank, Liverpool are all over the place at the moment. They are rudderless, low on confidence and do not seem to have a definitive way of playing.”
Lawrenson added: “Last year Liverpool built up such momentum that it felt like he could just send the players out and they would sort it.
“Now you look at it and it seems like the same scenario in reverse – they are going backwards just as fast as they went forwards last season.
“It is down to Rodgers to stop it and change the direction of their season around but boy is it a steep learning curve for him.”