Damien Comolli feels Liverpool’s shaky start to the season should come as ‘little surprise’ given the “massive gamble” they made in recruiting seven new players over the summer.
Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Manchester United on Saturday and sit ninth in the table having won two of their opening five games.
Former Liverpool director of football Comolli, quoted by the Liverpool Echo, said: “I said before the beginning of the season that it is a massive gamble to change as many players as they did in the summer, as they did last summer.
“If you look at Saturday… they looked like they’d never played together before, which makes sense.
“It’s going to take time. It is going to be difficult.
“And by the time they do start to gel, if they do, other teams will have a lot of points.
“They need to avoid defeat on Thursday (at Bordeaux in the Europa League), then they have two massive (Premier League) games at home (against Norwich and Aston Villa).
“They’ve got seven points, but their performances have not been convincing.”