Liverpool struggles “much more” than a blip and Klopp needs to make changes

Liverpool have been blasted by a club icon as he labelled their performances "not good enough" for a top-four finish.

That will seem painfully obvious to Reds fans but this legendary striker suggested they need replacements up front with an eye on Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

Last year's Premier League champions are currently sixth after consecutive 1-1 draws against Leeds and Newcastle United.

They are four points behind Chelsea in the crucial fourth spot, leading John Aldridge to say that manager Jurgen Klopp "doesn't seem to have the answers anymore."

"Liverpool's top-four rivals presented them with a chance to get back in the mix to qualify for next season's Champions League – but they confirmed that they are not good enough to take it," wrote Aldridge in his Sunday World column.

Aldridge scored 50 goals in 83 appearances in his two-year spell at Anfield from 1987 – a much better turnover than Roberto Firmino's tally of 63 across four years.

The former Republic of Ireland manager believes Firmino has outstayed his welcome in the starting XI.

"You look at Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and, especially, Firmino and wonder whether they can get back to their brilliant best," he said.

"I have said before that Firmino is no longer producing the goods to justify his place in the team.

"If ever a game highlighted Liverpool's desperation to sign a top-quality goalscorer, we saw it (against Newcastle)."

Aldridge would like to see Norway's Haaland in the Brazilian's place or maybe Salah's to match a large price tag.

"Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland would be the player I would go after this summer," Aldridge continued.

"But we don't know whether Liverpool could get close to paying for that transfer unless they sell Salah or one of their other big stars."

Liverpool have been unlucky with injuries this season but Aldridge reckons the problem lies more with their German manager.

He added: "This isn't a blip in form, a loss of form for a few players. It is much more than that and Klopp doesn't seem to have the answers with this set of players any more."

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