Liverpool

Noel Whelan has blamed the Liverpool squad for their terrible form as they slumped to their sixth consecutive home defeat – their worst run since the 1953/54 season. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker claimed they have got complacent and cannot blame their from on the absence of leaders Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk.

The Premier League champions lost 1-0 to strugglers Fulham on Sunday leaving them 22 points behind leaders Manchester City.

They have lost to Chelsea, Everton, City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley in their historic run which is the longest for a reigning Premier League champion.

The Reds conceded first in all six games – a club record at Anfield.

“Some of the players might just feel they’ve done enough,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“They’ve won a Championship and cracked it. No, Liverpool are not that kind of team. Liverpool are a team that needs to be doing it year after year, winning it again and again, having that mentality edge on everybody.

“They’ve not thrown the tools down, but they don’t have that fight in them this year.

“It can’t be because they’ve got no Van Dijk or Henderson, surely. Two names don’t make a team when you’ve got that many big players in your squad.

“You can’t put it down to Jurgen Klopp, he’s a world-class manager. He’s the one that brings that desire, you can see his attitude on the side that he brings.

“This is down to players not believing in their own ability, not putting enough in. They look a very average side right now. To have six defeats at home on the bounce which hasn’t been done since 1954 that in itself is an embarrassment.

“These players will go down in record for this. Winning the league title after so many years, winning the Champions League but then they’ve got this one which is one you certainly don’t want to have. They shouldn’t have it, there’s no way a Liverpool side at any stage should lose six home games on the bounce in any season. That just goes to show something isn’t right with these players. They’re either not putting it in or there’s not enough steeliness about them.”

In other news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has savaged an overpriced Liverpool forward and insisted they will be “lucky” to get £15million of him.