Souness: Liverpool players not good enough; Klopp has big job

Date published: Monday 21st December 2015 11:18

Liverpool: Well beaten at Watford

Former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness has torn into his former club after watching them get out-muscled and out-played in Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Watford.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were outplayed throughout at Vicarage Road as a goal from Nathan Ake and Odion Ighalo’s double extended the Reds’ winless run to four matches in all competitions.

Our article after the match suggested Klopp would have to be ruthless to find more balance in his disjointed squad, which also pinned the blame on the club’s transfer committee that operated under Brendan Rodgers’ management.

Liverpool have now scored just twice and conceded seven times in that period of time and Souness believes the current players simply aren’t good enough.

“I don’t think the players are good enough and there’s a lot of work ahead for them,” Souness told Sky Sports.

“They got off to a terrible start but you are looking for a reaction at that time and for the players to be angry and not to feel sorry for themselves.

“The bottom line, when you cut away all the excuses, [is] are they good enough? It’s not a quick fix. They’ve got some decent players and some that might get better but it’s going to be a long road for them.”

Barnes critical

John Barnes was alongside Souness and questioned whether or not the current crop of players is able to compete when they are faced with teams such as Watford when the chips are down.

Klopp has presided over impressive wins at both Manchester City and Chelsea but a return of one point from a possible nine against Newcastle United, West Brom and the Hornets suggests the Reds struggle to adapt.

For Liverpool to win they have to play good football, they have to play the way they played against Manchester City,” Barnes said.

“If they are not able to do that are they strong enough? Are they physical? Can they out-muscle teams? Can they match teams and they can’t.

“I love Jurgen Klopp, he’s a great manager. But at the start when he came I said to not get carried away, thinking all of a sudden things are going to happen. He has good players, don’t get me wrong but to be where we want to be we need better players.”

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