Former Liverpool ace Bolo Zenden has blamed their poor season on the decline of veteran midfielder and club captain Steven Gerrard, according to talkSPORT.
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The Reds have failed to repeat the success they had in the last campaign this time round. After finishing second in 2013/14 the Merseyside club have this time slipped to fifth, and could end up further down the table if performances like their 1-0 defeat to Hull City are anything to go by.
Star player Luis Suarez left Anfield for Barcelona last summer, and the team looks to have missed the 31 Premier League goals that he scored last time out. However, Zenden believes Gerrard’s loss of form has had more of an impact.
The Dutchman said: “There have been some big transitions this year. Steven Gerrard is not playing as a regular and that’s had a big impact on the team.
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“They were very close to winning the league last year and, let’s be honest, they gave it away against Chelsea when they lost at home. If you put Chelsea and Liverpool’s teams together this season, the quality that Chelsea have is much better than Liverpool.”
The 34-year-old announced that it would be his last season with the club back in January reported Goal.com, and has been in and out of the side since. This is in contrast to the last campaign, during which he adapted well to playing in defensive midfield and was an important member of the team as they emerged as surprise title favourites.