Liverpool have been told that replacing Roberto Firmino with a world-class striker should be their top priority this summer after their Premier League title defense nightmare.
The club should also look to move on to Divock Origi and the other ‘deadwoods’ on the squad and bring in first-class liners for their key players, according to Jamie O’Hara, who says the current Des Reds is “ torn to pieces ”.
There is talk of a crisis at the Merseyside club following a sixth straight league loss at Anfield, with the air of invincibility evaporating without the presence of fans this quarter.
Sitting top of the table over Christmas and considered favorites to win back-to-back titles, Liverpool suffered a complete meltdown in form in 2021 with Klopp’s side now eighth.
Their title hopes started with Manchester City with a 22-point lead. Instead, it looks like they will enter this latter part of the season facing a battle for the top four after a streak of remarkably poor results – including Sunday’s 1-0 loss at home to threatened Fulham. relegation.
But as huge questions are asked of Klopp and his management, O’Hara believes the club are suffering from a lack of investment in the squad.
As injuries have ravaged their squad, O’Hara says the remaining fit stars of the Reds have played too many games at the top level for too long and have simply worn out.
And the former Spurs man says it’s time for Klopp to receive funding to properly strengthen his squad and give his entire squad a much-needed overhaul.
“I think they need to get rid of the deadwood,” O’Hara said during Monday’s talkSPORT breakfast.
“They have to keep a grip on players like Salah and Mane, keep your best players, they have had a bad season but they will come back, but they should get rid of their players. Players like Origi who haven’t really come and done enough this season.
“I actually think they need a number nine, they need a world class center forward. I don’t think they should get rid of Firmino, but I think he should play a bit in part with a player who is going to take them to the next level again.
“Liverpool have fallen massively, and you can’t count on Salah and Mane every season. You need to be able to turn, you need other players who can come in, and for me that’s a huge area they need to improve.
“You need a number nine that scores 25 goals a season if you want to win the title.
“I look at Mane and Salah, they are shot! Players like Robertson too, they all look dead because they carried this team for two seasons. This season they look tired, they look tired, and the other players haven’t stepped in.
“Salah is still the league’s top scorer, but he’s not the same player we saw last season. The intensity that they have been playing for two seasons and is succeeding, winning the Champions League and Premier League titles, it looks like they have all fallen massively.
“They need to bring in players so they can rest Salah and rest Mane and Firmino, so you don’t have to constantly rely on them. I just feel like they’re completely out of breath.
“So I think we just need to take this season out, rearrange, take the deadwood out of the way and start over.”
Simon Jordan also had his say in Liverpool’s collapse and, as you might expect, didn’t hold back in his assessment.
The outspoken talkSPORT expert quizzed the character in the Reds’ locker room, saying their current run “ goes against everything we thought we knew about Klopp and this team. ”
“This group of gamers seems devoid of… anything,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“In boxing parlance they seem to have no resistance to punches, the moment adversity arises, whether it’s late in a game or conceding an equalizer, they have nothing in the tank. .
“I don’t understand that, it seems to go against everything we know about Klopp and everything we know and believe about this Liverpool side.
“I accept that they lost Henderson to add to the roster of Van Dijk, Gomes and Matip, but some of the teams that have beaten them this season…
“You look at it and say, what kind of characters do you really have in that locker room?” Because when it’s going the way you want it, you’re a flat bully who looks really good on the front foot, but when he puts you on your toes, there’s nothing there.
“This is the moment when Liverpool were really put to the test, we see them, game after game, deteriorate systematically, and they have to face really poor sides like Sheffield United to get results.
“When I look at Liverpool, they have nothing. They are poor all over the place!
But O’Hara insists the Reds will be back next season to fight for the Premier League title again, insisting Liverpool are a different animal playing in a sold-out Anfield – as it turns out. remembers his playing days.
“Liverpool will be back next season, I guarantee that,” O’Hara added.
“Whether they’re in the Champions League or not is up to be seen, but I think they’ll be challenging for the title again – with the fans back it will be a different story.
“It’s not normal for Liverpool to lose six home games. There is obviously a huge problem with not having fans in the floor.
“I played for Liverpool and when they attack the end of the Kop you hang in there. You can feel the energy and you know it will keep coming. They didn’t have that and they lost that belief.