Michael Owen has given Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers some advice on how to solve the team’s current problems.
Liverpool fell to their sixth defeat of the league campaign on Sunday when they went down 3-1 to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The performance of Rodgers’s team against the Eagles was poor, and the Merseyside outfit are now 12th in the standings with 14 points from 12 matches, five points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
The absence of star strikers Luis Suarez (who left for Barcelona in the summer transfer window) and Daniel Sturridge (who has been injured since September) has been severely felt, and former Liverpool star Owen believes that Rodgers need to adopt a new approach.
“Another bad result for Liverpool,” the former England international striker wrote on Sportlobster.com. “It’s pretty hard to play with the same speed and intensity as last season when Sturridge and Suarez aren't in the team.
“May be time to tweak the system, become hard to beat for a while and become more expansive once Sturridge and confidence return to the team.”
Owen’s strategy could work, but the main problem with Liverpool at the moment is that the players are not playing well.
The likes of Dejan Lovren, Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli (currently injured) have struggled this campaign, while Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling have not been very consistent.
Liverpool do have a team that can compete for a top-four finish, but they need to put together a run of positive results soon.