Jamie Carragher has suggested on Monday Night Football, which was broadcast on Sky Sports, that he is fed up of talking about Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool have struggled in the Dutchman’s absence, and they have now fallen out of title contention.
More worrying for Jurgen Klopp’s side is the fact that their top four spot now looks under threat too.
Liverpool’s recent run of form has seen them slip all the way down to sixth in the Premier League table.
And while Carragher does feel a degree of sympathy for his former side over their current injury issues, he suggests that not having Van Dijk shouldn’t be a total excuse for their terrible form.
“I said on the TV I’m sick of talking about Virgil Van Dijk, and what I mean by that is we’ve highlighted that on this show, the bigger picture,” he said.
“Liverpool can’t win the league, I said that after the last derby game, they can’t win the league with Van Dijk being out for the whole season, I didn’t feel.
“That’s the bigger picture but the problems Liverpool have, whether the defenders are out, the midfielders are at centre-back, that does not mean they can’t win home games against Everton, Brighton, Burnley, West Brom.
“Manchester United, maybe, Manchester City, real top quality, but it’s not an excuse for individual games.
“No matter what problem you have as a Liverpool player, you can’t not win at home for six games, that’s not acceptable. It’s not.
“When I think of situations I’ve been in, I’ve played in teams not as good as this one, but you find a way to win.
“We beat Everton twice with 10-men when it was 0-0, so there’s something now where they’ve got to find a way to win.
“The reason I said that I don’t want to use Van Dijk as an excuse is that Liverpool started the game against Everton with ten Champions League winners.
“That’s why I’m saying it’s not an excuse in individual games, it’s not. The bigger picture about the league and qualifying for the top four I get.”
Liverpool’s latest defeat to Everton really was a sore one, as it ended their unbeaten record in Merseyside derbies at Anfield, which has lasted since 1999.
Everton have also moved level on points with the Reds, with concerns rising among the Anfield based support.
Liverpool are next in action against bottom-side Sheffield United and if they were to lose again, then alarm bells really would start ringing.