Pat Nevin believes that Liverpool “are looking like a shadow” of the side that won the Champions League last season despite sitting top of the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently eight points clear of nearest rivals Leicester City at the top of the table, having only dropped two points all season.
Despite 13 wins and a draw from their 14 Premier League matches so far there have been some questioning whether they have actually hit their straps this season.
And while discussing Chelsea’s recent losses, Nevin picked out Liverpool‘s poor performances as possible encouragement to Frank Lampard’s side.
“The other thing to remember is that the [Chelsea] team isn’t playing poorly or looking jaded,” Nevin told Chelsea’s official website.
“I was at the Liverpool v Brighton game on Saturday and the Reds are looking like a shadow of the side that was nigh on unbeatable last season.
“They found it close to impossible to get up for it during the entire second half and were lucky to hold on to three points even though they had a two-goal start and they were playing at home.
“Last week I was also at the Man City v Shakhtar Donetsk game and Pep Guardiola’s side were similarly somnambulant.
“They were almost unrecognisable from the side who seem to win the league with ease up until this season. There are a few legs going there already.”
Meanwhile, Reds midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he has never played in a team which believes it can win every time it goes out onto the pitch.
“I’m going into it (a game) with the mindset that we’re going to win. I think that’s how we all feel,” the England international said.
“We’re going into the games expecting ourselves to win and anything else we’re disappointed with.
“I think that’s credit to the good work that we’ve done as a team over the last few years to be in that position”. Read more…