Luis Garcia admits Liverpool’s form this season has become a cause for serious ‘concern’ but is hopeful his former club can still secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and reach the latter stages in Europe.
The English champions are languishing down in eighth place in the table after a miserable run of six successive home defeats and just three wins since the turn of the year over Tottenham, West Ham and Sheffield United.
This evening, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be desperate to right some of their recent wrongs by finishing the job they started against RB Leipzig in the sides’ Champions League round of 16 tie at Budapest’s Puskas Arena.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane give Liverpool a healthy advantage heading into the second leg and Garcia believes the only way is up for the Merseyside giants after such a wretched run of results.
On the Reds’ recent performances, ex-Liverpool midfielder Garcia told CBS Sports: ‘It’s a big concern.
‘At the weekend, losing against Fulham, I think it was touching rock-bottom because you can see the frustration in the players, you can see the disappointment on them.
‘You can hear in the voice of Jurgen Klopp that he’s trying so hard, he’s trying to find a way back to give those players the confidence, the sharpness, the speed and the intensity that they were playing with not long ago because this has just happened in the past maybe month or month and a half.
‘The team was at the top of the table. They weren’t playing well. Mane, [Roberto] Firmino and Salah were three of the most important players in Europe and in the world and suddenly they look like they are a middle team.
‘It’s really hard to see them play at the moment but I still hope that this team can manage to go far in this competition and also get into the top four in the domestic league because the quality is there.’
‘The players have not changed, they haven’t made many changes to the team,’ Garcia added.
‘At the weekend he rotated a little but I still have a lot of hope of this team trying to get back into the moment where they can feel that confidence again.
‘And of course there are missing the crowd of Liverpool so much.’