Gary Neville has questioned whether Jurgen Klopp is beginning to ponder a change to his coaching methods, amid Liverpool’s recent slump.
Klopp’s men had eased their recent woes with a 2-0 Champions League win over RB Leipzig last Tuesday.
However, the gloom returned with a 2-0 defeat to derby rivals Everton at Anfield on Saturday. The Reds suffered their fourth successive Premier League loss, as well as their fourth loss in a row at home.
But while many have backed Klopp to turn the situation around, Neville admitted that the concerns have begun to mount further and could seep into the manager‘s own thinking.
“It’s starting to get a little bit worrying in the sense we know they have got injuries, we know they have not got fans in the stadium, we know about COVID and there a lot of games, but it’s the same for everybody,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.
“But it’s the lack of change. A different idea. They just look beaten, almost like zombies on the pitch. Walking around thinking the same thing.
“Maybe it needs something different from Klopp? He has been quite simply unchallengeable and still is at Liverpool but even he might be thinking now: ‘do I have to do something different?’
“It’s not for me to advise Liverpool or Klopp what to do but playing a box to protect your centre-backs or maybe going to three at the back. We have seen other teams go to that system.
“But it looks to me they need a new idea just to give them a spark or it could be a really depressing season for them where they do not qualify for the Champions League, although I still think they will.”
Liverpool still have to play nine of the Premier League’s current bottom 10, including Wolves and Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere, they have Aston Villa, Arsenal, and Manchester United to contend with in the top half.
While Neville admitted that the Reds look “desperate”, he insisted that the players could be in a similar part of their cycle to Manchester City last season.
Neville backs Liverpool confidence to return
“It is a bit more of a worry than it was two or three weeks ago if you are a Liverpool fan,” the pundit said.
“There is a chance of reset in the summer as that fourth year is always a challenge. Man City needed that year off last year when Liverpool won the league comfortably and maybe this is what it is for Liverpool.
“With fans returning, Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez returning it means they will be more confident over the summer but at the moment it’s desperate for them.
“I have not seen any change or a difference in what Liverpool do. Everton picked the right moment and if they were not going to show belief in that game then they never were.
“It was a brilliant moment for Everton. They look like they have more belief under Carlo Ancelotti in big matches. It should give the players confidence that they could have their best season for quite a while.”
Neville also urged Klopp to “protect” his makeshift defence, with a deeper defensive line one possible solution.
He insisted that if the manager did not try something new, Liverpool’s drop-off could become “really bad”.