Paul Scholes calls ‘erratic’ Liverpool star ‘big disappointment’


Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has called Liverpool’s ‘biggest disappointment’ following his dramatic loss of form.

The Premier League Champions are set to hang in the top four, having suffered a fourth straight home loss to Merseyside rivals Everton last weekend.

The defeat was also the Reds’ fourth consecutive league loss, despite their impressive midweek victory over RB Leipzig in Europe.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are currently sixth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed West Ham.

Reflecting on Liverpool’s massive recession, Scholes feels that Klopp’s team are not playing so badly. However, he suggests that Roberto Firmino’s lack of contributions is a major concern.

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The Brazilian striker has scored six Premier League goals all season, but only one since December 20.

Scholes said BT Sport: “It’s remarkable, from December, they were up there. I played against Wolves and they beat them, they beat them 4-0. I look at it and I think it was going to be another chance, really, they are going to win the league by 10 or 15 points.

“But these last few games, the mistakes they make, okay, they’ve had some horrible injury issues that you can’t really legislate on.

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“Okay, if you miss Van Dijk then you’ve got another center-back coming up that’s just as good. But then they lost Matip and Gomez, it was amazing, really.

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“They had to put Henderson in the back and they’re missing the big influence from midfield.

“Don’t get me wrong, Alisson made some big mistakes, the mid-halves are still not great. But I don’t think they really play that badly.

“They don’t create chances, but sometimes they control the games. But the big disappointment for me was Firmino. He’s a great footballer, but some of the chances [against Everton], it breaks everything.

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“He’s the one who gets the half chances and if you take one it makes a big difference. But he was so erratic in his finish.

The Reds will be next in action on Sunday night when they head to Sheffield United late in the game.

Klopp is hoping to start a winning round again to bolster his first four prospects, as all thoughts of defending the title are now over.

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