Speaking at the Telegraph’s Total Football Live event, Redknapp said:
“I don’t fancy Liverpool at all. 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.”
Before joking: “ Having said that they will probably win the league.”
The former Spurs boss cited the loss of key figures at Anfield as one the reasons for their decline in his eyes.
“They lost Steven Gerrard, their leader. What a player. They lost Jamie Carragher the year before. They’ve lost their characters.”
While Liverpool have hardly been electric this season, Redknapp’s criticism certainly veers on the harsh side.
Brendan Rodgers’ team have rode their luck at times – most obviously with Christian Benteke’s ‘offside goal’ against Bournemouth – but looked impressive at the Emirates and should probably have taken all three points from a side that was tipped for the title.
Defensively there are concerns, with neither Dejan Lovren or Martin Skrtel looking convincing, yet the Reds look as dangerous as anyone further up the field.
Philippe Coutinho is emerging as an early contender for player of the season and Benteke has added another dimension to the Liverpool attack.
Big-money signing Roberto Firmino hasn’t exactly hit the ground running but has shown glimpses of what’s to come, should his transition to Premier League football go smoothly.
A top four finish looks a tough task, as it does for the likes of Spurs and Manchester United, but that’s simply the nature of the Premier League rather than a reflection of Liverpool’s squad.