Liverpool have not been at their best in the opening weeks of the 2014-15 season and gave their worst performance to date on Saturday.
Winning the Premier League clash against West Ham United at Boleyn Ground was never going to be easy, but the Reds’ chances of picking up three points decreased considerably after just seven minutes.
West Ham scored twice through Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho during that period, as Liverpool’s defence was ripped apart.
Although the Merseyside outfit got a goal back through Raheem Sterling on 26 minutes and stepped up their game in the second half, they failed to stage a comeback and conceded again two minutes from full time, Morgan Amalfitano with the strike.
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge was watching the match and was concerned with Brendan Rodgers’s side’s performance.
The ex-Republic of Ireland star took to social networking site Twitter to express his opinion that Liverpool could struggle to make the top four this season.
Gutted!!what an awful defensive display.2-0 down start,what chance have you got.Im very concerned about getting in the top 4 at the min.— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) September 20, 2014
It may be a bit hyperbole to write off Liverpool’s chances of a top-four finish in the Premier League based on the performance of just one game, but the defeat was their second in a row in the league.
Last weekend Liverpool went down 1-0 to Aston Villa at Anfield and are now 10th in the league table with six points from five matches.
Another former Liverpool striker, Michael Owen, was also watching the game, and he too was disappointed with the performance, but he was full of praise for Sterling.
Liverpool looking a shadow of the team they were last season. Need to find some form before The Merseyside Derby n... http://t.co/aAcfT3l4sy— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 20, 2014