Liverpool are currently going through a difficult time in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently 16 points out of first place, unheard of for a club like Liverpool. Clearly something has to change at Liverpool in the coming months as they show no signs of being able to qualify for the Champions League.
In an exclusive interview with CaughtOffside, Stan Collymore listed the three reasons why he thinks Liverpool are struggling and what needs to change at Anfield.
“First of all, target the aging players. Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Roberto Firmino, even Mohamed Salah. Where Manchester City had Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, they moved quickly when they knew they couldn’t reach the heights they used to. They had a plan with players ready to replace them and act immediately.
Secondly, you remember Pep Guardiola stopping Phil Foden. Drip feeding him, brought him in at the right time and bingo. You can’t do that at Liverpool at the moment due to injuries. Harvey Elliot has arrived, probably early. He had an injury last season that slowed him down and now he’s on the team. You see two young men in Foden and Elliot with similar abilities. Of course, Foden is way ahead, but that’s the difference in how young you are and the moment. Who does he come from? Fabio Carvalho is not ready, Luis Diaz is injured.
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Then there is the elephant in the room for Liverpool Football Club, the owners. I think there is an easy solution and that is for FSG to sell a minority stake in the club to an outside buyer or sell the club to a buyer with the kind of resources that Newcastle and Manchester City have. Liverpool have a large fan base in Scandinavia and Norway in particular who fly to games. I think if Liverpool and FSG were smart, instead of saying they’re going to sell out to the Saudis, for example, go to countries that have a sovereign wealth fund but also have ethical ways of dealing with their politics, which they certainly do Norway, and ask if they want to buy Liverpool. Then Liverpool get the funding they need to go ahead and that’s how I think football clubs can match clubs with influence from the Middle East.”
Liverpool’s problem is that they are constantly being compared to Manchester City. Liverpool, of course, were the best team in the Premier League for one season, but Manchester City have all the resources to dominate England now for the foreseeable future.