Gary Neville believes Jurgen Klopp was, for the first time, appearing to apologise to Liverpool fans following their side’s a comprehensive defeat away to Wolves on Saturday.
Joel Matip’s own goal set up a miserable afternoon for the Reds with further goals from Craig Dawson and Ruben Neves adding to their troubles. he defeat at Molineux left them 11 points adrift of the Champions League spots ahead and in danger of missing out on European qualification entirely.
Klopp appeared to be at a loss to explain where it had gone wrong for his side in Saturday’s loss as he criticised his team’s performance and lack of response to his instructions. The Reds have yet to win in the Premier League this calendar year.
Such is Liverpool’s run of form in terms of results and performances, there is speculation that their boss may be tempted to resign should things not turnaround soon. It comes the season after they came within two matches of a historic and unprecedented quadruple – but missed out on the Premier League and Champions League crowns.
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast with Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, the former defender said of the Reds: "Really poor, I've only seen the highlights, I watched the five to 10 minutes. Defensively... they were shambolic, individually, collectively, easy to play against, it's not going perfectly well for them up front either.
"Gakpo, Nunez and Salah just haven't hit it off yet as a front three - that might take some time. But the rest of the team is in a bit of a mess, they're conceding really, really poor goals.
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"To be fair, for the first time after a game I've probably seen Jurgen Klopp in some way apologising. Almost like where do I start reaction after the game.
"Look there's internationals still in that back four, all of them are and nowhere near good enough, individually and collectively there's no excuse for that."
Neville continued, as he rejected theories for Liverpool’s poor form: "Absolutely no excuse for that, there are other teams who've had injuries who've coped better, I don't know why they've gone to pieces. People say this happened in his seventh year at Dortmund, I dismiss all that nonsense.
"They've obviously got the ownership stuff, looking at other clubs thinking 'we need to spend more money, we need a rebuild' and all that but at the moment, I always think if you're getting the best out of the current players that you've got - Liverpool have a damn good squad - they've got some injuries, that's a factor, but the players out there have to be doing a lot better than they are.
"That was not good enough from Liverpool Football Club and what they have achieved in the last few years they're well below the standard, they need to wake themselves up... It's getting to that point with Liverpool where you say to yourself, there's worrying signs and worrying performances and individual performances are well below that level."