Liverpool’s lack of intensity and energy is the most “alarming” aspect of their collapse this season, says Alan Shearer.
The Reds have endured a nightmare defence of their Premier League title, with Sunday’s 1-0 defeat against Fulham their sixth on the bounce at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men now find themselves a staggering 22 points behind leaders Manchester City, while Chelsea will be seven points away in fourth place if they claim victory against Everton on Monday night.
They have not been helped by a nightmare injury crisis this season, which has left them without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for the entirety of the campaign.
Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have also struggled for fitness.
However, Shearer believes a lack of intensity and energy is Liverpool’s biggest problem at the minute regardless of injuries, insisting they are “too easy to play against”.
“They have problems all over the pitch,” the Newcastle legend said on Match of the Day 2.
“Not scoring goals, no creativity, dreadful at the back.
“The most alarming thing for me would be the lack of intensity, lack of energy to their game. We associate Liverpool with pressing in three and fours but they’re playing such a high line which you can’t do without pressure on the ball and there isn’t.
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“They’re not working as a team, pressing in ones, it’s like walking football. Fulham could pass it around as much as they wanted. It’s so easy for Fulham to pick their head up and pick the pass.
“Second half it didn’t change. One goes and nobody backs him up, that’s what they used to do over the last three seasons. Fulham didn’t have to work that hard to get the ball through the lines.
“It’s not acceptable and it’s why teams are finding it so easy to play through Liverpool.
“They brought in fresh players, he changed it up but they looked a tired football club today. The players brought in didn’t have energy, have the legs to go after Fulham. They were too easy to play against.”
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