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‘It’s the end of an era’: Thierry Henry insists Liverpool are now ‘more than fragile and not good enough’ as he slams the Reds for poor game management and calls for change after shocking Real Madrid capitulation
- Liverpool left stunned after blowing a 2-0 lead to lose 5-2 against Real Madrid
- Thierry Henry insists Liverpool have now come to the end of a cycle at Anfield
- The Arsenal legend has called on Jurgen Klopp to lead a rebuild at the club
Thierry Henry believes Liverpool are coming to the end of an era and that Jurgen Klopp faces a tough rebuild without some of his experienced stars.
The Reds were left humiliated on Tuesday night after blowing a 2-0 lead to lose 5-2 against Real Madrid at Anfield in the first leg of their Champions League clash.
After going ahead through Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah goals, the Reds capitulated following braces from Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema either side of a bullet header from Eder Militao.
Legendary Arsenal striker Thierry Henry admits he has been concerned about Liverpool’s defence for a while but that Jurgen Klopp’s team are now too fragile and are in urgent need of revamping.
‘They conceded too many goals against Brentford, Wolves and Brighton – let alone before you play a team like Real Madrid,’ Henry told CBS Sports.
Thierry Henry insists Liverpool are more than fragile after their 5-2 loss by Real Madrid
Henry has now called on Jurgen Klopp to help lead a rebuild of the Liverpool team
‘I wanted to know where they were and I saw a fragile team. More than fragile, why? They were 2-0 up. That’s exactly the start you would like to have against a Madrid team or any team in Europe at Anfield and they couldn’t even keep that.
‘Yes, Alisson made a mistake but they didn’t bail him out. Thibaut Courtois makes a mistake – that’s a big team, they bailed him out.
‘They are fragile and some things need to change. I don’t think Jurgen Klopp needs to go but some players don’t have the level anymore to play for Liverpool. It happens to the best, it happened to me. It’s the end of an era.’
Henry in particular believed there are huge alarm bells for Klopp to address in his side in relation to veteran Luke Modric being allowed at 37-years-old to glide past the Reds midfielders and dominate the game for the European champions.
‘I’m not having a go at Liverpool. They are not playing well they are conceding a lot. We all love what they have done recently. It’s a tough one, they are conceding five at home and getting outplayed,’ he added.
‘When I see a guy like Luka Modric at his age getting the ball and bursting forward in midfield like they were not there and passing the ball to Vinicius and Vinicius passing the ball to Benzema and him toying with the keeper, I just think that is not good enough that team gave us so much.
Klopp was left stunned as he saw his side blow a 2-0 lead in the Champions League tie
Luka Modric was in excellent form as the 37-year-old ran the midfield for Real Madrid
Karim Benzema scored twice in the second half as the Spanish side run riot at Anfield
‘But right now they are not good so they need to reinvent themselves and keep their head up until the end of the season.’
Liverpool’s defensive meltdown drew widespread criticism with Jamie Carragher calling it a ‘disgrace’ and insisting he could ‘take the place of Virgil van Dijk’.
Carragher’s former Liverpool team-mate Steve McManaman also reflected on a shocking defeat for the Reds, labelling it a ‘horror show’ and that they were ripped apart.
Meanwhile, Alan Shearer also believes he has seen recent weaknesses in Liverpool even when they were winning at Newcastle as he called them ‘hopeless at the back.’