Jurgen Klopp needs to have a “quiet word” with his Liverpool front three who “are not delivering”.
The Reds lost for only the second time this season at Southampton on Monday night.
But it sums up their poor recent form with has seen Liverpool pick up just two points out of the last nine.
Their problems at the back are well documented, but they have conceded just twice in their last three.
It is in attack where their greatest issues lie at present with Klopp seeing his side fail to score in successive games.
It took them 75 minutes to register a shot on target in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton.
And former Red Steve Nicol has blasted Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for failing to deliver.
“I think it’s pretty clear where the problems are. It’s up front,” the Liverpool legend told ESPN . “The front three are not producing, not delivering… they’re not even creating!
“Yes, at Newcastle they made opportunities but this Southampton game and the West Brom game, they never created anything. If you aren’t going to create, then you aren’t going to score goals.
“This is where Klopp comes into it as well and earns his corn. It’s all very well saying, this is wrong, this isn’t right – the fact is these three games we’re talking about, they’ve had over 70 per cent possession of the ball in every game.
“So it’s not a complete and utter shambles. The fact is Klopp now has to have a quiet word and a clever word with the front three.”
Liverpool’s attack has long been hailed as their greatest strength, early in Klopp’s rein it was the defence that was costing them games.
Now though the front three have scored just once between them in the last three games.
Klopp admitted after the defeat at St Mary’s that his team had made him “angry” as he bemoaned their slow start.