Former Liverpool star Peter Crouch has delivered a scathing verdict of his old side after they conceded a late goal to draw with Newcastle.
The Reds had looked set to take home all three points after Mohamed Salah ’s early goal, with the hosts having 22 shots in total.
But they failed to add to their slender lead, with Magpies substitute Joe Willock claiming a point for his side in the fifth minute of second-half injury time.
It marks the latest disappointing result at home this season for Jurgen Klopp’s men, with the reigning Premier League champions having won just one of their last 10 games at Anfield.
That poor home form has been the main reason why Liverpool are now battling to secure a top four spot, with the draw on Saturday seriously denting their chances.
And Crouch, who spent three years on Merseyside, has now blasted the Reds for their lack of game management.
“They kept going until they got more (last season), but you can see in the last 10 minutes, they became nervous,” he told BT Sport in his post-match analysis.
“Once they missed all those chances, they didn’t manage the game well at all, they were giving the ball away more than they ever did in the whole game.
“There’s no crowd here, we could hear the nervousness from the players, they’re shouting at each other, Klopp on the touchline, everyone is frantic and it was always going to happen today.”
Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Salah all missed gilt-edged chances to extend Liverpool’s lead.
And Crouch believes that a lack of confidence is seriously harming their chances of beating Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham to a Champions League place.
“You sort of knew that Newcastle would get back into it. You can’t keep saying they’re unlucky,” he added.
“There’s a nervousness about them in front of goal. Mo Salah has 29 goals but everyone else is not contributing enough.
“Firmino doesn’t look like he’s going to score, Mane there is a lack of confidence, Jota’s probably getting back to fitness, there’s not enough goals from midfield and then they become nervous.”
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