Gabby Agbonlahor thinks Liverpool are already out of the Premier League title race after just six matches of the season.
The Reds have had a mixed start to the new season with two wins, three draws and one loss so far this campaign with Jurgen Klopp bringing in Arthur on deadline day to strengthen their midfield options.
Their only loss of their season came against an out-of-form Manchester United side before hitting Bournemouth for nine just five days later.
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An eventful Merseyside derby against Everton on Saturday, in which goalkeepers were on top, somehow ended in a 0-0 draw with both sides having good chances to win the match.
And with Liverpool picking up nine points from their first six matches, former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor is already ruling them out of the title race.
When asked whether there was a possibility that Liverpool could miss out on the top four, Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT: “100 per cent. This is not a battle for the title. Liverpool, for me, are not fighting for the Premier League title this season.
“They are fighting to stay in the top four because Arsenal are on it. Spurs are on it – they’re knowing how to win games, Arsenal and Spurs. They’ve got that winning mentality and they’re winning games. Chelsea will get better.”
Mo Salah – who signed a new contract at Liverpool in the summer – has scored three goals in seven matches in all competitions so far this season but Agbonlahor clais Salah hasn’t looked like himself this term.
“Salah doesn’t look like he’s going to score and that is not like Mo Salah,” Agbonlahor added.
“He has to come out wide and find space. The midfield didn’t work. They played Fabinho as a sitter and in front of him [Harvey] Elliott and [Fabio] Carvalho. It just didn’t work for me today.
“At the back, [Andy] Robertson was dropped, Trent [Alexander-Arnold] got taken off after 60 minutes. Something isn’t right with that defence with Liverpool and they are dropping too many points.”
Agbonlahor’s latest comments come after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was close to phoning up talkSPORT to disagree with his views on Manchester United’s defeat to Brentford.
“I drove home after watching the first half here [at the training ground] and I listened to talkSPORT and Gabby [Agbonlahor],” Klopp said in a press conference.
“He lost against us 6-0 in my first year, so I couldn’t remember him as a mentality monster on the pitch then – but what he said about Man Utd, I was close to calling in and telling him: ‘You forgot completely that you were a player.
“And if ex players go already like this, you can imagine how everything else is going. You have to ask yourself how you want to react in a situation like this.”