Liverpool hero John Aldridge has told Jurgen Klopp to axe Naby Keita and Adam Lallana after the 1-1 frustrating draw against West Ham.
The draw was Liverpool’s second in a week, dropping four points in two matches against Leicester City and Hammers. Summer arrival Keita and England international Lallana both started against West Ham, with James Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum out with injuries. Aldridge slammed the duo’s performance, however, and said they are ‘not up for the job for a title-winning team’.
“Klopp’s side dropped more points at West Ham, but a bigger issue for me in both games has been the performance or lack of it from Liverpool’s midfielders. Salah, Mane, and Firmino will give you a cutting edge if the balance of the team is right, but the players sitting behind them at West Ham failed to produce the goods and it cost Liverpool,” he told the Independent.
“I know Klopp was forced into changes due to injuries, but Adam Lallana and Naby Keita cannot play together in midfield again, as they are just not up to the job for a title-winning team,” he added.
“My first impressions of Lallana when he came to Liverpool were not positive and while he proved me wrong to an extent with some good performances before his recent injury problems, it looks like he is struggling to get back to those levels once again after so long in the treatment room.”
“As for Keita, he has not settled at Liverpool and has failed to deliver the performances we were expecting from him, with Klopp and his coaching staff fighting to get him up to speed and still waiting to see if he will be good enough to play in this team.”
Liverpool will host Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday 9th, having already dropped to second following Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Everton on Wednesday night