Former Liverpool icon John Aldridge has hit out at Liverpool after Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against Newcastle, branding Kenny Dalglish’s side ‘embarrassing’ while insisting his side are in ‘crisis’.
Liverpool have fallen well off the pace of the top four after a disastrous run of form which has seen them lose six of their last seven games, including consecutive defeats in their last three games.
The Reds have struggled badly since the turn of the year having picked up just eight from a possible 36 available – form that had the table began at the start of the year would leave them in the relegation zone.
Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, Aldridge accused Liverpool of becoming a laughing stock after embarking on their worst league run in over 56 years.
“The eyes of the world are on Liverpool FC and the critics are having a field day. We’re becoming a laughing stock,” he wrote.
"We’re all proud to be associated with the club and everything it has achieved over the years. But at the moment being a Liverpool fan is just embarrassing and that’s something I haven’t had to say before."
Liverpool appeared to hit a new low this season as Andy Carroll was booked for diving against his former club on Sunday before storming down the tunnel and aiming a volley of abuse towards Dalglish having been substituted, while Jose Enrique was forced into goal after Pepe Reina saw red in the defeat.
Although they have claimed the Carling Cup with victory over Cardiff at Wembley in February, and have set up an F.A Cup semi-final showdown with Chelsea later this month, Aldridge insists the league performances have not been good enough and that some players must start performing or risk been shown the door at Anfield.
“The team just seems to have lost their belief,” he said. “You can blame the manager and the coaching staff but at the end of the day it comes down to the players.
“They are getting paid unbelievable amounts of money and aren’t producing the goods. Some of them should take a long hard look in the mirror.
“They are playing for Liverpool Football Club – one of the biggest clubs in the world – it doesn’t get much better than that. They need to realise how lucky they are and start doing it or their Anfield careers won’t last much longer."