Liverpool in crisis - Aldridge

2012-04-03 15:18

Liverpool - Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has insisted his old team are "in a crisis" following last weekend's defeat by Newcastle - their sixth loss in seven Premier League games.

Liverpool have won this season's League Cup - their first trophy in six years - and return to Wembley a week on Saturday for an FA Cup semi-final with Merseyside rivals Everton.

However, their 2-0 loss to Newcastle left Liverpool eighth in the table, with the five-times European champions 16 points off a place in next season's Champions League and only seven Premier League matches remaining this season.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge claims the Reds are now a club "in crisis".

"There is no getting away from the fact that Liverpool are now in a crisis," Aldridge, who played under manager Kenny Dalglish in the 1980s during the Anfield great's first spell in charge, wrote in Tuesday's Liverpool Echo.

"To lose six out of seven in the league is something the club won't ever tolerate, we can't tolerate that.

"To have picked up just eight points out of 36 since the turn of the year is shambolic - that's relegation form.

"The fact that this is the worst run in the league since 1954 speaks volumes. Questions are being asked and they need to be answered.

"The eyes of the world are on Liverpool and the critics are having a field day. We're becoming a laughing stock.

"We're all proud to be associated with the club and everything it has achieved over the years. But at the moment being a Liverpool fan is just embarrassing and that's something I haven't had to say before."

Aldridge added the bulk of the blame rested with the players, rather than Dalglish, who has nevertheless come under fire for his transfer market dealings, with Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, who between them cost some £85 million, having so far failed to produce the goods.

"The team just seems to have lost their belief," said Aldridge. "You can blame the manager and the coaching staff but at the end of the day it comes down to the players.

"They are getting paid unbelievable amounts of money and aren't producing the goods.

"Some of them should take a long hard look in the mirror.

"They are playing for Liverpool Football Club - one of the biggest clubs in the world - it doesn't get much better than that.

"They need to realise how lucky they are and start doing it or their Anfield careers won't last much longer."

He added: "More than anything I want to see some pride. That's all we're playing for in the league now but there doesn't seem to be much pride around."


  • Jason - 2012-04-03 15:44

    Swak..! Liverpool would be nowhere if it wasn't for their beloved Stevie G...a club can't rely on one player and needs a team to string together results. Liverpool have unfortunately invested in the wrong players who are over rated. After Carrols lank of performances I'll be surprised if he is around for alot longer. As a long standing Red Devils supporter I'd be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying this a little. In 1994 the Pool were full of arrogance and scoffed at the young United team....17 years later turns out that arrogance got them nowhere...

      Bob - 2012-04-04 16:57

      Every dog has it's day, at the moment it's the dogs from manure Utd's day, we will be back make no mistake, what happened to the Manc clubs in the Cups, do you have a short memory ?

  • Promise Dube - 2012-04-03 20:21

    Reliance on one player daz nt work.Look @ Arsenal,M.U,Real,Barca yes they do hv some brilliant individual players bt they do work as a team.Liverpool r too reliant on Steve G&if they continue lyk dt nxt season they wl b relegation candidates.

      Bob - 2012-04-04 16:55

      Dube, I will say I'm glad they can play better than you can spell, of course we as LFC supporters are not happy with results but now more than ever we should support the team and most of all our fantastic manager, I am not a big believer of importing all these so called great players from La liga and the Spanish league, ask Mancini what he thinks of his multi million team players at the moment, losing the league to a very average team with aging stars and a sprinkling of younger players with some talent, Rooney of course is a world class player, no that is not the answer, patience and faith is the answer YNWA

  • daniel.dandane - 2012-04-04 07:42

    liverpool its not that they rely on 1 person, they do hv a good mid field bt they lacking a foward striker. Carol is too slow to be a striker, and saurez he isn't a striker bt a mid field. Liverpool shud start looking for strikers in the spanish la liga e.g Lorente hes great bt no coach realises that

  • gerrit.gerber - 2012-04-04 18:39

    I know Roy Evans says we must stick together, but it is time for real honesty....our players' body language, especially against Wigan and Newcastle was a disgrace....players need to put up their hands and be counted.....Bellamy and Suarez should spend less time complaining to the ref and do something for the club that means something; and Andy's dive in front of his "home crowd"...........a JOKE!!

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-05 09:53

    gerrit,gerber, well said. All that crap about YNWA doesn't cut it with you. You believe that these players are being paid to get a job done and must do it - that's what it boils down to. If players don't cut it they must move on. Take some time to educate your fellow scousers........who seem intellectually challenged!!

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