Emmanuel Petit has suggested that he has been “embarrassed to watch” three Liverpool players this season as they are making “so many mistakes”.
Liverpool have been a shadow of their usual selves at the start of this season and they look a totally different side to the one that challenged for an unprecedented Quadruple last term.
The Reds returned to winning ways in midweek as they beat Rangers 2-0 at Anfield in the Champions League group stages.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are back in league action on Sunday as they face league leaders Arsenal.
They have only won two of their opening seven league games and they will have to put in a much-improved display if they are going to beat the Gunners.
Liverpool currently sit eleven points adrift of Petit’s former club and the Arsenal legend thinks that Sunday’s opponents have “so many weaknesses”:
“When you look at Liverpool at the moment, they look so sloppy, terrible. Something has been broken in this team,” Petit told Compare.bet.
“This could be the last chance for Liverpool to make something of this season, if they lose to Arsenal, they will be 14 points behind after nine games. It’s a huge gap.
“There are so many weaknesses. There are so many things that are not working with Liverpool. There is something that’s broken with this team.
“Mentally, they are not the same unit they have been for the last four or five years. Physically as well.
“I think with the fact [Sadio] Mane has gone, you can see something is missing up front as well. Salah is a shadow of himself at the moment.
“The midfield don’t control the tempo anymore, they are not playing with character and personality. And in defence, my God. So many individual and collective mistakes, easily avoidable mistakes.
“They are not the same players they used to be. They don’t have the same concentration, the anger to beat the other team, to hurt them, to put pressure on them.
“They don’t run together anymore. They used to run together, like a unit, and the opponent would be scared of them.”
Petit went onto slam Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, as he has “felt embarrassed watching” them this season:
“Sometimes during this season I have felt embarrassed to watch Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk and Gomez when he was playing. So many mistakes.
“[Gabriel] Martinelli is very confident, and every time he runs with the ball, he is so quick, so fast, and that’s exactly what Trent doesn’t like. To be one-on-one with a player that can hurt him.
“I don’t know how Trent is going to defend him, but the problem with Liverpool’s defence isn’t only on him.
“It’s the whole defence, and when I say that, I mean the whole team, because they start from the front.
“They are not doing the same job all over the pitch that they used to, and it means the team is too stretched. I think Trent is very good with the ball, but he’s one of the worst without it.”
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