Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates with teammates
Graeme Souness believes claims that Liverpool are in a crisis is “daft talk”.
The Reds rallied midweek in the Champions League with victory against RB Leipzig in the first leg of their last 16 tie thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
It snapped a run of three successive defeats, with Jurgen Klopp’s side down in sixth and two points off the top four heading into the Merseyside derby against Everton.
And Souness believes it is “concentration” that has led to dropped points with their performances good enough to win games.
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“If I’m on the touchline watching that Liverpool team play, I’m delighted with the play,” Souness said in his Sky Sports column. “I’m not panicking as a Liverpool fan, all that daft talk out there is just that: daft talk. This is still a group of players capable of winning trophies.
“I am like most Liverpool supporters – I think the football has been good enough to win games, with a few lapses of concentration in games.”
Souness believes the Reds will be able to cope with their Merseyside rivals and that they will be “fine” moving forward.
“You can never underestimate what confidence does to players. There will be individuals in that group that will need to feel much loved, and that everything is rosy in the garden,” Souness added.
“They’ve got some leaders, and they are the players who need to stand up on a daily basis, to make sure everybody is at it in training, and on matchdays, whether it’s an arm around the shoulder or a pointed finger. I think they will be fine going forward. I think they will be fine against Everton.”
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