Brighton and former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana believes that Jurgen Klopp’s side will “bounce back” from a tough season next term.
The Reds face a battle to make the Premier League’s top four after a struggle for form since Christmas. Indeed, they sat top on Christmas Day but have since won only four of 15 top-flight games. Furthermore, they have lost eight of the other 11, including six in a row at Anfield to end a long unbeaten home run.
However, the source of Liverpool‘s slump cannot be put down to one single factor.
Klopp’s men have played at full-tilt for the past three seasons, winning the Premier League and Champions League. In addition, they picked up 97 league points alongside triumphing in Europe.
Add a host of key injuries and a protracted season into the mix and the Reds have struggled to play with the intensity which has made them a revered opponent.
Ex-Liverpool man Lallana forged a key part of the dressing room during his time at Anfield and, speaking to talkSPORT, the 32-year-old shared his thoughts on the club’s slump.
“I think the reason is there for everybody to see,” the Brighton star said. “It’s obviously an indifferent season.
“Being another COVID season. Without the fans and everyone knows how much of an impact Anfield is with the fans there.
“The injuries that they have had. You cannot hide from that.
“It’s not an excuse. I know a lot of the players, and I still speak to them now, and they won’t be using that as an excuse, but I think it’s a reason why they have struggled a bit this season.”
Liverpool have lost all three centre-halves to long-term injuries, including influential leader Virgil van Dijk.
In addition, marquee summer signings Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara have suffered knee problems. The pair missed over two months of action each.
However, Liverpool remain in the Champions League and play Real Madrid in their quarter-final first leg next Tuesday.
Lallana backs Liverpool to bounce back
“I am more than confident that they will bounce back next season when they have a few more players back and a few more fans in,” Lallana added.
“And they still have a lot to play for this season.
“I am pretty sure they will want to finish in that top four, for sure.”
Liverpool sit five points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, who have shown strong form since manager Thomas Tuchel arrived.