Jose Enrique has claimed that Liverpool would not have lost to Manchester City on Sunday had there been supporters in attendance.
The Reds made it three consecutive Premier League defeats at Anfield after they were beaten 4-1 by Pep Guardiola’s team on Sunday – their worst run since 1963.
Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden were amongst the goals as City moved 10 points above Jurgen Klopp’s team in the league standings, despite having played a game less.
Former Reds defender Enrique believes that such a resounding statement from the Citizens wouldn’t have been possible, though, if the Anfield faithful were in attendance.
“I like how honest Guardiola is here and I completely agree. For me with our fans in the stadium they will not have beat us I’m sure about that,” Enrique said on his Instagram page.
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Indeed, there is no doubt that supporters will have made a huge difference to Liverpool in recent weeks. However, it is pointless to lament over external factors that look set to remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Of course, we shouldn’t give Liverpool an easy ride. Misfortune aside, they, too, have contributed to their own downfall this season.
Whether it’s been losing Diogo Jota to a long-term injury in a Champions League dead-rubber or prolonging activity in the transfer market until deadline day – the reality is that Liverpool themselves have made plenty of mistakes this term.
It’s important to scrutinise, but it’s equally important to do so with context and insight.
There’s a noticeable difference between excuses and explanations, after all. Liverpool have had six or more players injured for nearly two-thirds of their season. This cannot be brushed as inconsequential.
It’s no wonder, then, the Reds seem a million miles away from their relentless standards of last season.