Gary Neville says Liverpool lacked ‘energy and appetite’ in defeat against Arsenal

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‘That was NOT heavy metal football, that was like bass guitar!’: Gary Neville says Liverpool lacked ‘energy and appetite’ in defeat against Arsenal – and insists Jurgen Klopp’s side look like ‘a shadow of themselves’

Gary Neville says Liverpool fans, players and coaches should be ‘concerned’ with their defeat by Arsenal over the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were brushed aside by the table-topping Gunners in a 3-2 loss and the former Manchester United full-back thinks that there were ‘worrying signs’ for everyone to see. 

With last season’s Champions League finalists teetering just four points above the drop zone, Neville was quick to suggest the Reds are ‘two or three yards off’ where they were last year.

Gary Neville suggested that fans, players and coaches of Liverpool should be ‘concerned’

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The Reds were swept away against Arsenal after a 'lethargic' second-half performance

The Reds were swept away against Arsenal after a ‘lethargic’ second-half performance

Arsenal continued their brilliant form as they dealt Liverpool a second defeat of the season

Arsenal continued their brilliant form as they dealt Liverpool a second defeat of the season

Speaking on his podcast after the game, Neville said: ‘For Liverpool, is this a blip or is this a bit of a decline in terms of how they are at this moment in time?

‘In the first half, I thought they responded really well to an electric start. But I thought that second half was worrying for Liverpool. They looked like a shadow of themselves.

‘Generally, their performance in the second half will be a worry for Jurgen Klopp – not just the performance on the ball and how they played, but also off the ball, their ability to be able to get to the ball, and press, and harass.’

The Reds found themselves 2-1 down at half-time after goals from Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Roberto Firmino drew the visitors level within 10 minutes of the restart, but from there Liverpool were swept away.

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Arsenal bombarded their attacks down the flanks and eventually found a breakthrough after Gabriel Jesus was brought down by Diogo Jota in the box. Saka stepped up to convert, smashing his effort past Alisson.  

Liverpool were level in the second-half before Arsenal stepped up the intensity in the match

Liverpool were level in the second-half before Arsenal stepped up the intensity in the match

Bukayo Saka slotted home a match-winning penalty in the second half give Arsenal the lead

Bukayo Saka slotted home a match-winning penalty in the second half give Arsenal the lead

Neville continued: ‘We knew that Jurgen Klopp came to this country with heavy metal football being the actual premise and principle, but that was not heavy metal football (against Arsenal), that was like bass guitar.

‘They were really, really lethargic in the second half. I’d be concerned if I was a Liverpool fan, coach or player in that second half.

‘It’s the energy and the appetite in the games that they have had over the last couple of years in terms of trying to defend and press (that has been the issue).

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‘They look two or three yards off, and two or three yards in football is everything. If you’re a yard off a world-class player it’s too much.’

Jurgen Klopp's side sit 10th having picked up just two wins in the Premier League this year

Jurgen Klopp’s side sit 10th having picked up just two wins in the Premier League this year

The Reds have been seriously struggling for form this season and are without a win in the Premier League since their 2-1 victory against Newcastle in August.

Klopp’s side, who finished second last season and made it to the Champions League final in May, teeter just four points above the relegation zone.

After a trip to Rangers in Europe on Wednesday, Liverpool will return to Premier League action as they host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday.

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