Jamie Carragher has aired his concerns over Liverpool’s top four spot this season after the Premier League champion’s winless run extended to five games with a shock home defeat to Burnley.
Liverpool were beaten at home in the Premier League for the first time since April 2017 on Thursday, Ashley Barnes’ late penalty sealing a 1-0 win for struggling Burnley and ending the Reds’ run of 68 home games without defeat.
The loss continued a worrying run of form for Jurgen Klopp’s side who have now failed to score in each of their past four league fixtures, with the club’s title hopes in huge doubt after falling six points adrift of league leaders Manchester United.
Carragher believes that the ‘title is slipping away’ for his former side and has questioned whether the champions can bridge the gap given an upcoming difficult set of fixtures, even raising his concerns on whether the Reds will secure Champions League football in what has proven to be tightly-contested division.
“We were talking about a blip for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp has come out and defended his players as you would expect because these players have done so much for Liverpool,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“But at this moment it looks like the title is slipping away. Six points can still be recovered but the form Liverpool are in and the fixtures they have in the coming months, I think Liverpool fans will be worrying a little more about their top-four position than the title.”
Carragher admits Liverpool have been ‘so poor’ in recent performances and says the side must get back to ‘scoring goals and winning games’ before even considering the title, calling on Klopp to find the solutions to the club’s current woes.
“I think they have got to get back to scoring goals and winning games before they start thinking about someone taking the title off them.
“They have just been so poor. You cannot quite believe what has happened to Liverpool in the last few weeks.
“You go from that 7-0 win at Palace to so many players out of form at the same time. It is his job to fix it – whether that is formations, personnel, however they go about it – but there are many teams challenging for that top four it will be a worry for Liverpool until they get out of this little run that they are on.”