John Barnes says it will be ‘very difficult’ for Liverpool to win the title as they drift 14 POINTS behind leaders – as Jamie Redknapp claims Reds will rue losing Sadio Mane
- Liverpool legends John Barnes and Jamie Redknapp think 14 point gap is just too big
- Jurgen Klopp’s side fell further behind with 3-2 defeat at league leaders Arsenal
- Barnes believes it’ll be ‘very difficult’, but stays eager for a top 4 finish
- Redknapp said it was ‘strange’ to dump Sadio Mane, but hailed Darwin Nunez
Liverpool legends John Barnes and Jamie Redknapp each think Liverpool are out of the title race after falling 14 points behind Arsenal.
The Gunners won their match-up against Jurgen Klopp’s men 3-2 on Sunday afternoon, taking the London side back top of the Premier League, and stretching their lead over the Reds.
Before the Arsenal match, Klopp had already said it was unlikely that Liverpool can be top of the pile at the tip of the season, with Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold amongst those underperforming at Anfield.
Sunday’s result meant that Barnes and Redknapp confirmed that fear.
John Barnes said it could be ‘very difficult’ for Liverpool to claw back the gap within the title race
Barnes, 58, told Sky Sports: ‘It’s extremely very similar to saying “Arsenal are top, are they going to win the title?”
‘It will be very difficult. I do not think we’re playing well enough, but I feel we are able to still finish in the highest 4. I don’t desire to say the title’s over. Can we see Man City or Arsenal dropping a great deal of points?
‘As Jurgen said, we’re not serious about the title, we’re serious about improving to win football matches to push up the league.’
Jamie Redknapp said it could take a whole lot of work to get Liverpool’s midfield back to full strength
There have been vibrant sparks for Liverpool of their performance despite defeat, including one other goal for summer signing Darwin Nunez, who was brought in to interchange Sadio Mane, who left for Bayern Munich.
When asked in regards to the struggles Liverpool have faced this season, Redknapp revealed: ‘I do not think anyone could perceive what is happening immediately. Then you definately begin to unravel, you begin to take a look at the age of the squad. They should improve what they’re trying to realize immediately.
‘Mane… it was a really strange decision to sell him. I need to admit, Nunez was superb today.
Redknapp questioned the choice behind Liverpool selling Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich
‘There’s a whole lot of things in midfield that I feel must be addressed in time. Obviously, you’ll be able to’t do it immediately, you’ll be able to’t get any players in. Perhaps January, possibly next season.
‘They need energy in there, they should add some youthfulness to it. If you happen to take a look at the likes of James Milner and [Jordan] Henderson, they’ve been incredible for the club. Thiago not getting any younger. you’ve got to search out the following ones.
‘They do attempt to implement a unique variety of football now, by bringing in players like Thiago, you wish more control of a football match.
‘Where Liverpool have been so effective over time is the pace and energy that the midfield have gotten, they win second balls, and let the front three just about deal with that.
Darwin Nunez, who was brought in to interchange Sane, was considered one of the positives in Sunday’s defeat
‘Straight away, Salah’s bang out of shape. But it surely’s not only Salah, it is not just Trent, it’s Virgil [Van Dijk], it’s everyone immediately will not be in the shape that can get you in that ascendency. There is a little bit of pain for Liverpool to return.
‘The true plus today was Nunez, upfront. If you happen to were searching for something that made a difference, it was definitely him.
‘Although he won’t need to lose any football match, he’ll be delighted with himself. It isn’t been an amazing begin to the season for him. There have been many pluses if you take a look at him now.’
Liverpool’s attention switches to a Champions League rematch with Rangers on Wednesday, before hosting Manchester City on Sunday. Failure to win then would see the Reds fall even further behind the leading pack.
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