Jan Molby says that Liverpool‘s Tuesday night Champions League performance left him “deflated” and that his old club have to step up “quickly” or risk their season fizzling out.
The Reds narrowly missed out on a first Premier League title last term, but this season has been a far cry from the highs witnessed at Anfield a matter of months ago.
With 15 games gone, Liverpool have 21 points and currently sit in ninth spot – six points off the top four – which has prompted talk that returning to the Champions League next term may be a bridge too far.
A win against Basel earlier this week was needed to reach the last 16 of the competition, but a late Steven Gerrard free-kick didn’t quite provide the impetus to seal victory.
Molby says that the result has left him disappointed and that the Merseyside giants must step up sooner rather than later:
“Sure, we produced a last 10-minute cavalry charge, but down to 10-men and chasing the game, that was almost playground football – the plan thrown out the window, the centre-half thrown up front and playing on instinct.” He wrote in the Liverpool Echo.
“I wanted to see us go out all guns blazing, but again it just didn’t happen.
“It was a massive disappointment.
“I can’t remember the last time I felt as deflated after a match.
“We just have to hope things turn around quickly.
“This Liverpool team needs to find a big performance – similar to the win at Spurs earlier in the season – and quickly.”