Lawrenson thinks Liverpool boss Klopp looks ‘battered and bewildered’

Mark Lawrenson thinks Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looks “battered and bewildered” this season but has “not lost his competitiveness”.

The Reds are currently going through a terrible run of form with their 1-0 home loss to Fulham on Sunday their sixth defeat in a row at Anfield.

That result sees them seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and 22 points adrift of Manchester City at the summit.

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And Lawrenson thinks Klopp is struggling to find answers to his current slump at Liverpool with the German boss looking “battered and bewildered”.

Lawrenson told talkSPORT: “I think when we talk about him now, we have to factor in that he lost his mum a few weeks ago and he couldn’t even go to her funeral.

“There will be a little part of him thinking ‘is football that important?’

Lawrenson added: “He’s not lost his competitiveness. As a manager, once you’ve had that fantastic high of winning leagues and Champions Leagues you kind of think you should win every time you go out and play.

“I think he’s battered and bewildered. I think he’s looking and thinking ‘what exactly can we do?’

“If they can keep a clean sheet that would be a first at the moment, something to build on.

“It’s no slight on the lads who’ve come in and played but they are no [Virgil] Van Dijk or [Joe] Gomez and, to a certain degree, they are no [Joel] Matip.

“At this point, the regular front three look like they’re running on empty. Apart from bringing in [Diogo] Jota, there’s not a lot else they can do because the likes of [Divock] Origi and [Xherda]) Shaqiri are good players but they’re not top, top players.

“They will come back. They’ve got too many outstanding players and there’s no doubt he will add to that in the summer. Everyone is already guessing about who he’s going to take.

“They’ve basically not had any proper rest. At the end of every season, you need to have a month off, away from football.

“While you love your teammates and everything is good, you see them more than your wife throughout the course of a season and you get fed up.

“They don’t get many days off any more. Sometimes you just want them away from the football club where they can get on with normal life and can actually look forward to coming back and training.”

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