'Laughing stock' Liverpool are now 'in crisis' says ex-Reds star
Published 11:12 03/04/12 By David McDonnell
John Aldridge says Liverpool have become a "laughing stock" with their pitiful Premier League form this year.
Kenny Dalglish's side have won just two of 12 Premier League games in 2012, with only bottom club Wolves possessing a worse record.
Dalglish's flops have lost to Wigan, Newcastle, QPR, Sunderland, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bolton and Manchester City, as well as being held at home by Stoke and Tottenham.
Six defeats in seven games is Liverpool's worst run for nearly 60 years and former striker Aldridge said the once proud club, with 18 titles to their name, had hit rock-bottom.
"There is no getting away from the fact that Liverpool are now in a crisis," said Aldridge.
"The eyes of the world are on Liverpool and the critics are having a field day. We're becoming a laughing stock.
"To lose six out of seven in the league is something the club won't ever tolerate - we can't tolerate that. To have picked up just eight points out of 36 since the turn of the year is shambolic - that's relegation form.
"The fact that this is the worst run in the league since 1954 speaks volumes.
"Questions are being asked and they need to be answered."
Aldridge, who scored 63 goals in 104 appearances in a two-and-a-half year spell at Anfield, said it was "embarrassing" to be a Liverpool fan right now.
"We're all proud to be associated with the club and everything it has achieved over the years," said Aldridge.
"But at the moment being a Liverpool fan is just embarrassing and that's something I haven't had to say before. We all know that we're not the finished article but we're better than what we've seen recently."
Although Dalglish has come in for severe criticism, Aldridge pointed the finger of blame firmly at Liverpool's under-performing players.
"The team just seems to have lost their belief," said Aldridge. "You can blame the manager and the coaching staff but at the end of the day it comes down to the players.
"They are getting paid unbelievable amounts of money and aren't producing the goods.
"Some of them should take a long hard look in the mirror. They're playing for Liverpool - one of the biggest clubs in the world - it doesn't get much better than that.
"They need to realise how lucky they are and start doing it or their Anfield careers won't last much longer."
Aldridge also warned Liverpool's current squad they cannot hide behind excuses for their shocking form since the turn of the year.
"We've all made excuses this season," he said. "From the bad luck of hitting the woodwork so often to bemoaning refereeing decisions.
"We've all talked about good performances not getting the rewards they deserved. But it's time for all those excuses to be thrown out of the window."