By Danny Wright

Former Liverpool player Jason McAteer has given his thoughts as to why Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a league win in 2017.

McAteer believes that Klopp has no back-up plan and that there is a serious lack of leadership in his current crop of players.

Liverpool are without a win in five Premier League games after losing 2-0 to Hull City on Saturday.

“He [Klopp] has to install some confidence, but the problem with Liverpool is there’s no plan B,” McAteer said to 888Sport.

“You have to be able to win ugly and grind a result out. We cannot do that and when the pressure builds, we become very predictable.

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“Since Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard retired, there have been big shoes that haven’t been filled but you can’t make a leader, they’re born.

“Liverpool need someone who digs out players. When I played, if you gave the ball away three or four would be immediately onto you: John Barnes, Mark Wright and Razor Ruddock. It lifts the team when you’re up against it.”

Liverpool have a tough test next as they face Tottenham at Anfield in their next Premier League game on Saturday.

Spurs are currently second in the league, four points ahead of Klopp’s side and are unbeaten in their last 10 games in the all competitions. During that run they beat Chelsea 2-0 and secured an impressive 2-2 draw away at Manchester City.

McAteer has offered Liverpool fans some immediate hope, suggesting that the Reds may have a chance against Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they have impressed against other top teams this season.

“It’s going to be very tough with the movement of Dele Alli and the form Harry Kane is in,” he said.

“The flip side is that Liverpool’s best performances come against sides in the top six who play expansive football and believe in their own philosophy. That offers Liverpool a bit of space because the opposition is trying to exploit them.”

McAteer spent four years at Anfield making 114 appearances for the club between 1995 and 1999.

The 45-year-old made 53 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland and scored three goals.

During his career, the former midfielder also played for Bolton, Blackburn, Sunderland and Tranmere Rovers, where he would later become Barnes’ assistant manager in 2009. However his only role in coaching ended after just four months when the pair were sacked following a run of bad results.

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