Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool midfielders forced into defense have caused major problems at the club.
Injuries by Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have caused chaos at the back, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho filling in as center-backs.
Their absence in the midfield stopped Liverpool’s attack.
Wenger believes the factor missing from Henderson in the middle is an important factor.
“There are many reasons, one of the main reasons is that they lost Van Dijk,” Wenger said when asked why Klopp’s team fell to points this season. beIN SPORTS.
“What was their strength in winning the high ball with Henderson in the middle of the field, and Milner lost it by returning Henderson.”
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have struggled to repeat the form they have shown in the past two seasons.
Wenger went on to explain that the change of position created a loss of tempo in the flank and that this is one of the technical reasons why the attack suffers.
“I’m trying to find some logical explanation. Liverpool was very efficient because the time given to the opponent was short,” he added.
“By changing the structure, they gave the opponent a little more time.
“They won the ball high and were able to feed the attackers quickly, that was the main reason for their success, and of course good defensive stability. They lost a little of that. “
Asked if Liverpool could still defend the Premier League title, Wenger replied: “No.
“I don’t think so, because Man City has a 10-point advantage, it has one game in hand, it looks like it will be on the run.
“I don’t think you can catch 13 points for the best team with 14 games until the end.
“I’ve never seen 13 points (fictional). If it was eight or nine, yes.
“If Man City wins in their hand, 13 points is impossible.”