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Paul Merson believes two tactical decisions during Liverpool’s goalless draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby prove Jurgen Klopp is ‘panicking’.
The Reds failed to return to the top of the Premier League after drawing a blank at Goodison Park earlier this month.
Klopp’s tactics were questioned following the 0-0 draw and Merson says the Liverpool manager’s substitutions show he is ‘panicking’.
Liverpool were seven points clear of Manchester City in January but now sit one point behind the defending Premier League champions.
‘Jurgen Klopp is panicking,’ Arsenal hero Merson told Sky Sports.
‘Getting uptight in his press conference about Manchester City… don’t worry about Man City, just concentrate on what you’re doing.
‘Panic is setting in, as shown by his substitutions, bringing on Adam Lallana for Sadio Mane – you’ve got to win that game.
‘Everton were never going to win the game – they had settled for a point. James Milner coming on… I like him, but you’ve got to win the game.
‘You’ve got Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri on the bench. I’ve been a manager myself and sometimes you sit there after a game and think
“I shouldn’t have done that”.’ Mohamed Salah, who won the PFA Player of the Year award last season, has scored just one goal in his last six appearances. And Merson is concerned by his and Liverpool attacker’s composure with the title race heating up. He added: ‘They looked nervous.
‘When they broke, everyone is starting to think when they receive the ball. Before, at the start of the season, they were breaking through and it was all off the cuff.
‘They have got to get back to playing with freedom and with smiles on their faces.
‘They don’t have to be nervous – they won’t let in a lot of goals as they have an unbelievable defence.
‘Manchester City won’t win all eight games – I’ll be shocked if they won all nine.’