Liverpool relinquished top spot in the Premier League last night as Manchester City defeated Everton.
On the back of the Reds dropping to second, Reds legend John Aldridge has told Independent.ie, that boss Jurgen Klopp must drop Naby Keita and Adam Lallana.
The pair were underwhelming in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Monday.
Aldridge was disappointed by what he saw from the duo; and feels that they could hamper the club’s bid for their first Premier League title.
All to play for
The Hammers missed several good chances and the Reds were fortunate to leave the London Stadium with anything.
City returned to the summit on goal difference; with the race now wide open once more.
On the underperforming Reds duo, Aldridge 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.
“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.”
Neither Lallana or Keita have been unable to hold down regular first-team places at Anfield this season.
Lallana has spent a lot of time in the treatment room; with Aldridge of the belief that his best days could be consigned to the past.
“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,” Aldridge continued.
Liverpool signed Keita from Red Bull Leipzig and his early performances seemed to indicate a shrewd signing.
The last couple of months have seen a drop in performance levels from the 25-year-old midfielder.
Aldridge believes that the Guinean hasn’t really settled on Merseyside.
He added: “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.”
Keita and Lallana could both be called upon this weekend when the Reds face Bournemouth.
Boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed on the club’s official website that he didn’t know if Jordan Henderson or Georginio Wijnaldum would be fit to return.