Adam Lallana puts down Liverpool’s failed Premier League title defense due to injuries and lack of fans at Anfield … but the Brighton midfielder insists his former team-mates cannot use it as an ‘excuse’ as he backs them up next season ‘ jump back ‘.
- Adam Lallana owes Liverpool’s failed title defense to injuries and Covid
- The former Reds man believes the lack of fans has been detrimental to the club
- He also pointed to the number of injuries that Jurgen Klopp’s team has sustained
- However, Lallana insisted his former teammates couldn’t use it as an excuse
Adam Lallana believes Liverpool’s problems in the Premier League are the result of their injury crisis and the absence of fans, but insisted his former team-mates should not use it as an ‘excuse’.
Lallana spent six years with the Reds and was instrumental in their first league title in 30 years before moving to Brighton in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are struggling to match last season’s performance with the club currently ranked seventh, 25 points behind leader Manchester City.
Adam Lallana (left) believes Liverpool’s failed title defense is due to their injury crisis and lack of fans at Anfield
Liverpool are also without a win in eight games at Anfield, where Lallana’s Brighton beat them 1-0 in February.
The former Reds man believes their poor form is due to the number of players they have sidelined through injury and the lack of their home support.
“I think the reason is that everyone can see it,” Lallana said talkSPORT
The Reds have sustained several injuries to key players, while Virgil van Dijk has been out this season
‘It is clearly an indifferent season. Being another Covid season. Without the fans and everyone knows how much of an impact Anfield has on the fans there.
‘The injuries they’ve sustained. You can’t hide from that.
‘It’s not an excuse. I know a lot of the players, and I still speak to them now, and they won’t use that as an excuse, but I think that’s one reason why they’re struggling a bit this season. ‘
Klopp has struggled without some of the protagonists, especially in defense. Center-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered seasonal injuries in October and November before Joel Matip was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign in February.
That has replaced Fabinho and Jordan Henderson as center-backs, which has disrupted their midfield.
Lallana said his former teammates can’t use injuries and missing fans as an excuse, but backed them up to jump back next season.
Henderson is currently on the sidelines, while Diogo Jota is just back in shape after a long period with a knee injury.
The Reds were still title contenders until the end of January, but are now fighting for a spot in the top four. Lallana backed his old team back up next season and still thinks they can still qualify for the Champions League places this season.
“I am more than confident that they will regain their strength next season when they have a few players back and a few more fans,” he added.
‘And they still have a lot to play this season. I’m pretty sure they definitely want to finish in that top four. ‘