Thursday, 11th December, 2014

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has accused Reds left-back Jose Enrique of being overweight, while questioning the selection policy of boss Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool exited the Champions League earlier this week after a 1-1 draw with FC Basel at Anfield. The result left the Reds with just five points from their six group games and heading into the Europa League.

Rodgers included Enrique from the start against the Swiss, but pulled him off at half-time, along with striker Rickie Lambert, leaving Liverpool without a recognised front man in the second half.

He also left Adam Lallana on the bench throughout the match, despite paying £25m to sign him during the summer.


For Lawrenson, Rodgers' decisions against the Swiss were simply baffling.


"I do not understand some of Brendan Rodgers' selections – leaving Lallana out against Basel mystified me, as did the inclusion of Enrique, who looked overweight", he told the BBC.

And Lawrenson is not hopeful for his former club ahead of their trip to take on fierce rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

"It is eight months since Liverpool blew Manchester United away to win 3-0 at Old Trafford, but it seems an awful lot longer than that", he commented.

"To be frank, Liverpool are all over the place at the moment.

"They are rudderless, low on confidence and do not seem to have a definitive way of playing."

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