Robbie Fowler blasts Liverpool players, says Europa League heartbreak could be blessing in disguise

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The Reds legend claims some of the club's players are too big for their boots.

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has criticised the club's players after the second-half collapse in the Europa Legaue final last night, tweeting that several stars "are not as good as they think they are" and suggesting the defeat could prove a blessing in disguise.

The Reds went into half-time in Basel a goal to the good thanks to Daniel Sturridge's superb strike, but an equaliser after 17 seconds of the second period and two goals from Sevilla midfielder Coke dashed their dreams of glory.

In the hours since the defeat, several individual stars have been heavily criticised for their performances, with left-back Alberto Moreno, who was at direct fault for the first goal, getting brutal treatment from the club's supporters on Twitter.

It was not only Moreno, however. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet once again failed to cover himself in glory, whilst Philippe Coutinho, widely billed as one of Liverpool's greatest current stars and a big-game player, was utterly anonymous.

Sleeping on the result clearly has done nothing to abate Fowler's anger at the display, and in a tweet on Thursday afternoon he aimed a dig at the Liverpool players he felt had let the club and its supporters down.

The former striker wrote: "Wasn't to be... Some shizer [sic] performances on show last night. Maybe blessing in disguise? Some players not as good as they think they are."

Presumably the reason that Fowler is hoping the defeat can prove to be a blessing in disguise is that several of the club's inconsistent and below-par players are likely to be shipped out by Jurgen Klopp this summer as he begins to put his own stamp on the squad.

The likes of Moreno and Mignolet are likely to be at huge risk of seeing their Anfield careers cut short, whilst fringe players such as Christian Benteke are all but certain to leave the club.

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