Emmanuel Petit has revealed he has ‘felt embarrassed’ watching Liverpool this season as he called them ‘sloppy’, ‘terrible’ and ‘broken’.
The Arsenal legend tore through Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez with Jurgen Klopp’s side in ninth place.
The Merseyside side have won just two of their first seven Premier League games and are yet to win on the road in the top flight this season.
They will face a rampant Arsenal side in north London on Sunday, with Mikel Arteta’s men at the top of the table having picked up 21 points from a possible 24.
And Petit, who won the double with Arsenal and the World Cup with France in 1998, believes victory for the Gunners will effectively end Liverpool’s title chances.
Speaking to Compare.bet, the 52-year-old said: “When you look at Liverpool right now, they look so sloppy, terrible. Something broke in this team.
“It could be Liverpool’s last chance to do something this season, if they lose to Arsenal they will be 14 points behind after nine games. That’s a huge gap.
“There are so many weaknesses. There are so many things wrong with Liverpool. There is something wrong with this team.
“Mentally, they are no longer the same unit they were for four or five years. Physically too.
“I think with the fact [Sadio] Mane is gone, you can also see there is something missing up front. Salah is a shadow of himself at the moment.
“The midfielder no longer controls the tempo, he no longer plays with character and personality. And in defence, my God. So many individual and collective errors, easily avoidable errors.
“They are not the same players as before. They do not have the same concentration, the anger to beat the other team, to hurt them, to put pressure on them.
“They don’t run together anymore. They used to run together, as a unit, and the opponent would be afraid of them.
He added: “Sometimes during this season I felt embarrassed watching Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk and Gomez when he was playing. So many mistakes.
“[Gabriel] Martinelli is very confident, and every time he runs with the ball he is so fast, so quick, and that’s exactly what Trent doesn’t like. Going one-on-one with a player who can hurt him.
“I don’t know how Trent is going to defend him, but the problem with Liverpool’s defense is not just him.
“It’s the whole defense, and when I say that, I mean the whole team, because they’re starting from the front.
“They’re not doing the same job all over the pitch as before, and that means the team is overstretched. I think Trent is very good with the ball, but he’s one of the worst off it.