Jurgen Klopp’s “naive” decision not to herald one other defender has cost Liverpool the title in line with Glen Johnson.
The Reds went into the season as defending champions having ended their 30-year anticipate a league title.
But they have been shortly up in opposition to it with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez each sustaining long-term accidents.
Liverpool offered Dejan Lovren in the summertime with out bringing in a alternative and have opted to not signal anybody in January.
A poor run of type has seen them slip out of title rivalry and whereas Johnson admits you may’t forecast for accidents he does consider the Reds missed a trick by not including a defender.
Jurgen Klopp is struggling for defensive choices
He told CheltenhamGuides.com: “It’s impossible to gauge how many injuries you get in a season, how bad they are and how long each person might take to recover.
“I believe they have been naive in not getting somebody in on mortgage as a result of the youngsters – who will hopefully go on to be some improbable gamers – are being requested to fill the footwear of Van Dijk and that’s not simple for anyone.
“It’s not as simple as buying a 50, 60, 70 million pound defender that is going to compete.
“The solely choices they’d was to work with the kids or get any person else in on mortgage they usually opted to go together with the kids and a few have been nice and a few don’t appear like they’re prepared.
“They’ve been unlucky with too many injuries at once.”
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out injured
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are each out injured
The Reds have seen a dip in outcomes over the previous month – failing to win any of their previous 5 league video games.
It has allowed Manchester City to open up a seven level hole whereas Liverpool at the moment are battling to remain within the prime 4.
Johnson now believes the title is past them and does not see Champions League qualification as a formality.
He added: “I don’t think Liverpool will have enough to win the league this year, but I expect them to get the top four – but it will be tough.
“There are six golf equipment preventing for the highest 4 once more.”