A sixth loss in seven Premier League games has prompted former Liverpool striker John Aldridge to write of a team "in crisis." Liverpool is eighth in the standings after a 2-0 loss
to Newcastle on Saturday, which prompted Aldridge to vent his frustration with a column in the Liverpool Echo.
"There is no getting away from the fact that Liverpool are now in a crisis," wrote Aldridge, who played under Coach Kenny Dalglish in the 1980s. "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."
Aldridge blamed the players, rather than Dalglish, who has nevertheless come under fire for paying big money for Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam. Liverpool has already won the League Cup this season and meets Merseyside rival Everton in the FA Cup semifinals yet Aldridge isn't satisfied.
"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."