Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp’s struggling Premier League champions have been reduced to ‘mentality midgets’ following Sunday’s abject 1-0 defeat against Fulham.
The Cottagers recorded only their second every victory at Anfield courtesy of Mario Leminas’ goal shortly before half-time. Klopp opted to leave the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino out of his starting line-up with half an eye on next week’s Champions League last 16 second leg tie against RB Leipzig.
That gamble backfired, however, with Fulham comfortably holding onto their advantage and claiming a valuable three points in their fight against the drop.
Klopp infamously called his squad ‘mentality monsters’ during their ultimately unsuccessful attempt to chase down Manchester City during the 2018/19 season, before sweeping all before them on the domestic front last term.
After a sixth successive league defeat on home turf, however, Klopp’s side look increasingly unlikely to finish in the top four and Carragher insists is former side’s recent form is unacceptable.
He told Sky Sports: ‘So often at these stages last season when Liverpool were going after that title, or the season before when they were chasing down Manchester City, they would find a late goal.
‘That man (Jurgen Klopp) rightly called his team mentality monsters and rightly so they deserved that tag. But right now they’re playing like mentality midgets.
‘It’s not acceptable for Liverpool. I’ve played in some really poor Liverpool teams but still we didn’t have these defeats at home against this level of opposition. They need to find something. Those top four positions are now a long way off.’