Alan Shearer claims Liverpool’s three defeats this season – all against teams battling against relegation – shows there is a problem with the team’s attitude and application in matches they expect to win.
In fact, Jurgen Klopp‘s side have the best record between the top six against each other this season, showing they have a strong mentality in the big games, but struggle to get the job done against inferior opposition.
Indeed, the narrow 1-0 win at League 2 Plymouth Argyle in the week is the only victory so far in 2017.
“They’ve not been beaten by any of their title rivals but they have been beaten by Bournemouth, Swansea, Burnley and drawn with Sunderland which tells you they have a problem with attitude and application,” claimed Shearer on Saturday’s Match of the Day.
“You cannot just turn up in any game and expect to win.”
Liverpool have regularly struggled against teams who defend deep and this has proven more difficult without Sadio Mane‘s pace this month.
Does Shearer have a point? Is there a problem with Liverpool’s attitude in games they should be winning? Or is such inconsistency just part of football?