Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes that Liverpool will not be challenging for the Premier League this season, according to reports from the Mirror.
Redknapp has claimed that the Reds are not the force that they once were, branding them as an ‘average side’ following the start of the Premier League season.
The Merseyside club actually started their campaign quite well, winning their first two fixtures and drawing title-contenders Arsenal at the Emirates.
But, Liverpool succumbed to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to West Ham United at Anfield, and Redknapp believes that the Reds were just lucky in their first two victories.
“I don’t fancy Liverpool at all,” he said.
“I think it’s the worst Liverpool team I have seen in years. They look bang average. They are lucky to have any points.
“Bournemouth should have beaten them, they got a wonder goal at Stoke. OK, they played all right first-half at Arsenal.
“I think they will do well to finish in the top five. I am not with Liverpool at all this year. Having said that they will probably win the league!
“They lost Steven Gerrard, their leader. What a player. They lost Jamie Carragher the year before. They’ve lost their characters.
“Look at the two centre-halves on Saturday (Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel). The left-back (Joe Gomez) is a good young player who can’t kick with his left foot but he is playing at left-back.
“He’s a fantastic talent, strong, quick. But what will he give you on the left? He is on the wrong side. They look a badly balanced team to me. Sorry, I can’t have Liverpool.
“I love Liverpool Football Club, and if you said to me which team would I have loved to manage in this country it would be Liverpool – but I can’t see it this year.”
The Reds’ next fixture is against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and manager Brendan Rodgers will hope that star striker Christian Benteke, who the club signed for £32.5million during the summer, is fit for the clash after picking up a thigh injury in their loss against the Hammers.