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‘Dressing room looks a mess’ – Robbie Fowler on Chelsea and Liverpool | Football

Chelsea and Liverpool have had difficult starts to the 2022-23 season (Image: Getty)

Robbie Fowler has taken over Liverpool and Chelsea after their struggles last season.

Liverpool, along with Manchester City, have been dominant in recent years and were close to an unprecedented quadruple last season but missed out on the Premier League title by a single point and lost the Champions League final.

Jurgen Klopp’s team opted for a domestic cup double in 2021/22 and many had predicted they would challenge again this season but it hasn’t gone to plan so far with Liverpool finishing seventh after their opening six games in in the top division.

The Reds lost their first group game in the Champions League to Napoli this week, while Chelsea were also beaten in Europe by Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb.

The Blues decided to sack Thomas Tuchel after that defeat and have replaced him with Graham Potter who will now try to turn the tide of the club.

Chelsea, like Liverpool, have struggled in the top flight so far this season and sit sixth after embarrassing defeats by Leeds and Southampton.

Fowler thinks Potter has a huge job to do, telling the Daily Mirror: “The dressing room looks messy too. Maybe that’s Tuchel’s fault, maybe not.

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“There are a lot of big egos in there, and some of them seem to be bumping into each other.

“I didn’t like the body language of that free kick exchange between Reece James and Hakim Ziyech which spoke volumes about what Potter will inherit.

“I’ve already heard questions about whether he’ll be able to handle those big egos and attract players who seem to have the power at this club to sack managers.

“He showed at Brighton that he can massively improve players and he also showed that he knows the game, has refreshing ideas and is technically and tactically smart.

“But how does he deal with a shared dressing room? The answer is to go in without prejudice.’

Fowler also commented on his former club Liverpool, urging fans to get behind the pressured boss Klopp.

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“It looks like Liverpool are having some real problems, there’s no doubt about that and there’s no hiding from that either,” he added.

“The insane parallel universe of social media is ‘obviously’ about the end of an era, the collapse of the Klopp empire, the collapse of his team as a power, or whatever.

“In real life, that doesn’t happen in seven games. Nine games ago, Liverpool were close to a historic quadruple victory and the undisputed title of greatest team of all time.

“They were minutes from the title until Villa collapsed at Etihad. They were by far the better side in the Champions League final, against a Real Madrid side who were clearly scared of Liverpool and amazed that they had won.

“Now seven games into a new season, are they done as a force? That will not do. Big teams decline, but it’s over years, not days.’

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