— Liverpool drew their weekend fixture 1-1 against West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Jurgen Klopp has been told to axe midfielders Naby Keita and Adam Lallana after Liverpool’s frustrating draw with West Ham.
The Reds dropped two points at the London Stadium on Monday night after Sadio Mane’s controversial opener was cancelled out by Michail Antonio.
It was the second time in a week Liverpool had dropped points, having also drawn 1-1 with Leicester City at Anfield last Wednesday.
Summer arrival Keita and England international Lallana both started against West Ham, with James Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum out with injuries.
Liverpool hero John Aldridge criticised the duo’s performance, however, and said they are ‘not up for the job for a title-winning team’. He told Independent.ie: ‘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. ‘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.
‘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.’ Jamie Carragher was also critical of Liverpool’s performance in east London on Monday and said he ‘could not believe’ how bad a number of the players were. He told Sky Sports: ‘It was a really poor performance. So many players performed so poorly. The manager is clearly frustrated.
‘What’s hurting Liverpool is the squad. Look at the right back situation. Klopp has made a big mistake letting Clyne go. You don’t need to let him go, keep him there. ‘Milner playing at right back, he looks completely out of position. Keita doesn’t look quite right. Mane is not his normal self. We didn’t see Salah tonight. ‘Liverpool are not a solid team right now. It doesn’t feel right.’ Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be desperate to return to winning ways this weekend when Bournemouth travel to Anfield.