Harry Redknapp has criticised Liverpool players and Sadio Mané particularly for their poor performances against Leicester City.
Liverpool were poor on Monday night when Leicester beat them 3-1. Mané was particularly disappointing, especially given how explosive he was two weeks prior when he ripped Spurs a new one.
You know that Liverpool have been really poor when Harry Redknapp is jumping on the bandwagon. The former Spurs manager, while infrequently accurate with his criticisms, isn’t particularly well-known for being a successful footballer or manager.
Liverpool were piss-poor. That’s the fact of the matter. The apologists at the Echo might argue that there are reasons for why there was no vibrancy or why Klopp got his tactics wrong completely, but we can’t dance around the poverty of what was on display at the King Power Stadium.
Harry Redknapp, however, is not giving Klopp or his players the leeway that others might. Writing in his weekly column for the Evening Standard, Redknapp, said, “They didn’t want to know on Monday night against Leicester.
“After 10 minutes, you could see they couldn’t deal with being tackled, hassled and harried. It was too much for them. The way you play against them is so basic.
“The manager of a team over at Hackney Marshes would say the same thing, “Go steaming into ’em, lads”. It’s nothing clever. That’s exactly what Leicester did.
“Mané was on the end of a bad tackle in the first five minutes and that was him done for the night. You could almost see him say, “I don’t fancy this today”. He disappeared for the rest of the game.”
He’s right you know. Leicester’s 4-4-2 led by the less-famous Shakespeare found so much space behind Liverpool’s defence. Why Lucas Leiva was ever allowed near Jamie Vardy, I will never know. Especially after he gifted him a goal earlier this season.
Liverpool host Arsenal on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back. There is little room for error as defeat would mean that qualifying for the Champions League would be an uphill battle.