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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has denounced Liverpool’s biggest disappointment after their dramatic loss of form.
the Premier League Champions they are on the verge of holding on to a top-four result, having suffered a fourth straight loss at home to Merseyside rivals Everton last weekend.
The loss was also the Reds’ fourth straight league loss, despite their impressive midweek win over RB Leipzig in Europe.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently sixth in the table, five points behind West Ham in fourth.
Reflecting on Liverpool’s massive downfall, Scholes believes that Klopp’s team is not playing so bad. However, it suggests that the lack of contributions from Roberto Firmino is a major concern.
The Brazilian forward has scored six Premier League goals throughout the season, but only one since December 20.
Scholes said BT sport: “It’s remarkable, since December they were up there. I did a game against the Wolves and they beat them, they beat them 4-0. I’m looking at it and thinking it was going to be another transfer, really, they are going to win the league by 10 or 15 points.
“But these last few games, the mistakes they’re making, okay, they’ve had some horrible injury problems that can’t really be legislated.
“Okay, if you miss Van Dijk, then you have to get in another central midfielder who is just as good. But then they lost Matip and Gomez, it was amazing, really.
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Henderson’s midfield influence is a big mistake
“They had to put Henderson back and they are losing the great influence from midfield.
“Don’t get me wrong, Alisson has made the big mistakes, the middle halves are still not good. But I don’t think they are playing that bad.
“They don’t create opportunities, but sometimes they control the games. But the big disappointment for me has been Firmino. He is a great footballer, but some opportunities [against Everton], it’s destroying everything.
“He’s the one who has the half chances and if you take one of them, it makes a big difference. But he has been so erratic with his finish. “
The Reds are next in action Sunday night when they head to Sheffield United late in the game.
Klopp will hope they can get back on a winning streak to bolster their top-four hopes, while all thoughts on defending the title have ended.
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