Ferdinand questions Liverpool’s culture amid chronic slump in form

Rio Ferdinand has asked if there's anyone at Liverpool setting the right mentality amid their slump in form.

The Reds' Premier League title defence has fallen apart this season and they currently sit in sixth, some 13 points behind leaders Manchester City who have a game in hand.

Injuries have decimated Liverpool 's season with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all sidelined. Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have been forced to fill in at centre-back but even the latter has picked up his fair share of injuries this term.

Liverpool's shaky form has seen Jurgen Klopp come under criticism – who recently had to come out and defend his future at the club.

Ferdinand compared Liverpool's situation to when he was in a title-winning side at United. The former England centre-back claimed that even when they went through a dip the players never allowed themselves to lose two on the spin.

Asked if Liverpool's players were burnt out from playing three consecutive seasons at the very highest level, Ferdinand told BT Sport: "Maybe. If you look the injuries, that could play a part.

"People are saying he's [Klopp] getting hammered because he's a bit prickly in interviews but what do you want him do – come into an interview and start laughing?

"If I'm a player I want to see my manager like that, try and maybe deflect a little bit. I want to see that anger, I don't want to see my manager coming out and dusting off a defeat like it's nothing."

He added: "At United, and Liverpool are in this mode where they're winning a lot, the culture at the club was you do not lose two on the spin.

"We're not Houdini and you can't write a script but that's the mindset. You go into the game and everyone's in tune. OK we'll tighten it up at the back and let our strikers win the game. But we won't concede.

"That comes from a culture at the club set by someone – one of the managers, one of the players. Have they got that? That's the question."

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