Jurgen Klopp was criticised by former Liverpool player Jose Enrique for his loyalty to key members of his squad.
Liverpool are endured a terrible season. The Reds are currently ninth in the Premier League, seven points from a Champions League spot and some 21 points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Klopp’s side are out of both domestic cups and have drawn Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League, in a repeat of last season’s final.
Yet, the Reds have signed just one player in the January window – PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo for a £45million fee.
As Klopp ruled out late business in the January window, several fans and pundits have expressed frustration at the club’s inertia, after years of success.
Jose Enrique scathing of Klopp
Enrique, who played under Klopp in the manager’s first season at Anfield, claimed the German has been “too loyal” to Liverpool’s current contingent.
The retired left-back also stressed the club as a whole had not improved the team at key moments in the past few years.
Speaking to BestGamblingSites, Enrique said: “I think Klopp has been a bit too loyal to certain players.
“Other than that – not improving the team when you are doing well. In football you can’t win all the time, especially considering the spending of the top teams.
“But Liverpool have to be up there trying to compete for trophies. That’s the sad thing, after last season where we fought for every trophy possible whereas this season Liverpool are struggling to get in the top six.
“It’s because the team this year is actually worse than last year – this shouldn’t happen.
“So a big problem was not improving the team when it needed to be improved, and now they have a big problem because you have to fight for a higher position in the table.”