Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson has branded the current side as “a poor man’s Arsenal”, claiming they have already been “sussed out”.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have endured something of an auspicious start to the season, claiming 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth and fighting for a 0-0 draw at Arsenal before falling to a 3-0 home reverse to West Ham.
A difficult season last campaign has seen Rodgers and Liverpool called into question throughout the summer, and Lawrenson says the current side, like Premier League rivals Arsenal: “Will always let you down eventually.”
‘We are a poor man’s Arsenal at the moment, in that you know this Arsenal will always let you down eventually,’ Lawrenson wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.
‘You know deep down they won’t win the league because, somewhere along the line, they will disappoint and disappoint greatly. This Liverpool are the same.’
Lawrenson, who spent seven years at Anfield as a defender, reserved particular criticism for the club’s summer recruitment.
Although the likes of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino arrived for big-money fees, Lawrenson feels the loss of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City has not been properly amended.
‘Other than Jordon Ibe, we have no real wide players,’ Lawrenson added. ‘Teams can just squeeze us so we play right down the middle.
‘Early days, I know. But teams have sussed us out already. Pack the central areas, stick the foot in and you’re likely to give Liverpool a hard time.’