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Aldridge playing for the Reds during the '80s.
Aldridge playing for the Reds during the '80s.
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'Liverpool are in crisis. They're becoming a laughing stock' - John Aldridge

The retired Ireland international says the club’s form in recent months has been ‘shambolic’.
Apr 3rd 2012, 1:17 PM 1,034 4

EX-LIVERPOOL AND Ireland striker John Aldridge has blasted his former club’s current state, claiming they are in “a crisis”.

Despite winning the Carling Cup in February, the Reds are languishing a whopping 34 points off the top of the Premier League in eighth position and have lost eight of their 12 league games in 2012 on the worst run for 58 years.

Aldridge, who was signed by Kenny Dalglish from Oxford United and won a First Division title and an FA Cup with the club during a two-year spell, is extremely critical of how this season has panned out under the Scot.

“The eyes of the world are on Liverpool FC and the critics are having a field day,” Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo. “We’re becoming a laughing stock.

There is no getting away from the fact that Liverpool FC are now in a crisis. To lose six out of seven in the league is something the club won’t ever tolerate, we can’t tolerate that.”

Many of the signings which were brought in over the past year such as Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, have not lived up to expectations since arriving and the 53-year-old believes it is about time they stepped up to the plate.

“Some of them should take a long hard look in the mirror,” he added. “We’ve all made excuses this season.

“From the bad luck of hitting the woodwork so often to bemoaning refereeing decisions. We’ve all talked about good performances not getting the rewards they deserved.

“But it’s time for all those excuses to be thrown out of the window.”

Liverpool face Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday but will be without first choice goalkeeper Pepe Reina after the Spaniard was sent off in the defeat to Newcastle.

Former Roma stopper Doni is likely to be the replacement and should make his competitive debut this weekend.

Read Aldridge’s column in the Liverpool Echo

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