Jamie Redknapp: Liverpool have 'no chance' of title after Hammers loss

Jamie Redknapp

The defeat to West Ham saw the Reds register half of their total losses from the 2013-14 season in the new campaign's opening five games.

Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp was disappointed with the Reds' efforts as they crashed to a 3-1 loss at West Ham on Saturday.

And having seen his former side endure a frustrating start to the 2014-15 Premier League season, Redknapp revealed he had always thought they might struggle to match last campaign's title challenge.

The loss of one of the best players in the world, as well as the mass influx of individuals which, though they have undoubtedly improved the quality of the Liverpool squad, will take time to settle to the point where they can play their best football, were factors the Reds were always going to have to deal with according to the ex England midfielder.

“I don’t put Liverpool in the equation to win the title," he told Sky Sports after the match. "I never have to be honest.

“I never did because as soon as they lost one of the best players in the world and the best player in the Premier League last season it makes it impossible.

“When you bring players in then it does take a little bit of time for them to bed in and settle. Defensively, bringing in Lovren is going to be a really good signing, but he’s really struggling to find his way in the Premier League playing for Liverpool.

“For them to get into the top four should be the aim for this year. The title? No chance. Not when you haven’t got Suarez in your team. He was such a difference and he made everything seem possible last year."

Redknapp was also disappointed with the leadership in the team, as well as the Liverpool's inability to step up and do the simple things right against West Ham, who came at them from the get go.

“I still feel there’s got to be more leaders in that team and they have to do better. I just think the top four is probably where they’re at at this moment.

“We talk so much in football about different systems, but sometimes it’s much more simple than that.

“It’s about winning your individual battles, it’s about marking men from corners, it’s about winning second balls and doing the right thing.

“Liverpool, today, hardly won a tackle and that was the difference. Every time the ball bounced a West Ham player was on it and they fully deserved the result today.”

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