Didi Hamann says he’s worried about Liverpool after their alarming dip in form.
The German, who won nine trophies in his time at Anfield, says there may be a decision to be made regarding the manager after Jurgen Klopp’s side fell to their sixth straight home defeat.
The 1-0 loss against Fulham on Sunday left last season’s champions eighth in the Premier League, with ninth-placed Aston Villa just three points behind having played two games less.
With their hopes of retaining the title long gone, there are now very real fears that they won’t even qualify for the Europa League, never mind the Champions League.
Hamann believes a lack of European football at Anfield next season could lead to a period of uncertainty over the summer.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Every week you think it can’t get any worse and then it does get worse.
“It’s a terrible run they’re on. Clearly something is not right, because you can’t lose six home games in a row. I think the only goal they scored in these games was a penalty against Manchester City, and Champions League qualification for next year looks very unlikely now.
“Looking forward, I really worry about the team or the club, because if they weren’t to get into the Champions League – which I said is unlikely – maybe no European football at all, what’s going to happen in the summer?
“If they don’t play in the Champions League, I don’t think you will have a team that will be capable of winning the Premier League and I think that’s what everybody wants, and I think that’s what Klopp wants because he’s set the bar very high, and then he’s got a long-term contract.
“I think the only decision you have to make is, is there maybe another manager who gives you a better chance to maybe get in the Champions League, or turn things round.”
For the time being at least, Liverpool do retain an interest in European football, and take on RB Leipzig in their Champions League round of 16 second leg on Wednesday night.