Peter Crouch has admitted that Liverpool are no longer superhuman and that they’ve become over-reliant on Mohammed Salch for those needed moments of inspiration during a game.
The Egypt international was key in their last two victories against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham but was locked out against Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield on Wednesday.
It was thought that the Reds had gotten their mojo back after those two games only for Brighton to make a mockery of their invincibility status at Anfield. This was the second Premier League loss at Anfield this season as Burnley won there with the same scoreline some weeks back.
The Reds have been far from superhuman in recent times, having also dropped points against the likes of West Brom, Newcastle, and Southampton.
“They were superhuman last year and I think we are seeing a human side to them, understandably so,” former Liverpool striker Crouch said in an interview with BT Sport after the shock defeat to Brighton.
“They are missing Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane, anyone would miss those players.
“Having said that they are a title-winning side, won the Champions League, they should have a deeper squad. Liverpool are capable of putting a real big run together but whether you can see City losing four or five games I’m not so sure.”
Crouch went on to point out Liverpool’s lack of firepower as they’ve failed to find the back of the net in 5 of their last 7 Premier League games. They’ve not scored at Anfield in three successive games.
“There’s over-reliance on Salah. [Roberto] Firmino’s got to step up. It felt like he was coming back into it, but Salah’s the one scoring the goals.
“It was a shame when Jota got injured as he was pushing them to start.
“When Salah’s not on it or he misses chances I just don’t think there’s enough. When Mane’s out and Jota’s out, there’s not enough in the team to score goals.”
Liverpool will face Manchester City next at Anfield who they currently trail by 7 points. The Citizens also have a game in hand and are currently in the form of their lives. The Reds need to find a way to start scoring.
“It makes Sunday massive,” Crouch spake ahead of the game as well as the Reds’ title aspirations for the season. “If Liverpool have hopes of winning the league, they need to win that.”