Rio Ferdinand believes one problem at Liverpool trumps any other. This comes after a poor 3-1 defeat at Leicester City.
That’s three consecutive defeats, now. Liverpool went into the Leicester City game with hopes of turning their form around. What they delivered, however, was more of the same.
The Reds did look good for a while. Their goal to take the lead was fantastic, in fact, as Roberto Firmino produced some wonderful skill to set up Mohamed Salah.
But then came a soft goal from a free-kick. James Maddison simply fired one low from the corner of the box. It evaded everyone and found the bottom corner.
Those goals can happen, though. You take them and move on. The second and third goals, however, were truly awful.
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Alisson charged out of area to try and deal with a long-ball, collided with Ozan Kabak and gave Jamie Vardy an open goal for 2-1. 3-1 came shortly afterwards as Liverpool’s midfield disappeared and allowed the Foxes safe passage towards their goal.
It was bad. The team completely lost their heads.
And Rio Ferdinand believes the way Liverpool crumbled is the most worrying thing about their poor form.
Rio Ferdinand on Liverpool
“I’d be more concerned and more worried about the fact they concede a goal and the team capitulates,” he told BT Sport.
“That is a big concern for me with this team. This was a team we talked about having leaders, mental strength, the resilience, their robust – they’re everything but that at the moment.
“When that goal went in they became a soft touch.”
What RTK has to say
It is completely the opposite of last season. That campaign saw Liverpool grind out wins no matter what opponents tried.
Right now, opponents barely have to try anything – Liverpool will find a way to give them a goal.
It’s a huge worry. How does Jurgen Klopp recapture the magic of last season? How does he fix the mentality.
With things the way they are right now, we’re really not sure how he does it. Or even if it’s possible with so many players missing.