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'They don't appear to be in the ball game' - Eamon Dunphy on the 'worrying' transfer stat holding Liverpool back

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool appeals to the fourth official during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 28: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool appeals to the fourth official during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between Villarreal CF and Liverpool at Estadio El Madrigal on April 28, 2016 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Eamon Dunphy has delivered a cutting critique of Man United and Liverpool's battle for a Premier League top four spot, branding Liverpool 'disappointing' and questioning Jose Mourinho's public criticism of his players.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM last night, Dunphy said that he wasn't sure if any team in the top four race was worthy of a Champions League place, and while he still feels Mourinho is a good manager, he isn't sure whether he is the right person for the Old Trafford job.

Dunphy praised Mourinho's ability to organise a defence but claimed that his style of play will turn top players off joining Man United.

"I think it's very interesting, (Kylian) Mbappe, the Monaco forward, appears to be unwilling to go to Manchester United because he doesn't like the style of football Mourinho plays," Dunphy said.

"Also Mourinho's personality, and his newly acquired penchant for slagging his own players, that won't help attract players to Manchester United.

"I still think he's a very, very good coach, particularly at building a defensive mentality. This guy gets results, but I don't think he's a good fit for Manchester United.

"If I was a Manchester United fan now I'd be more depressed than anything about the future because they're not a very attractive club at the moment to go to."

Dunphy also addressed Liverpool's recent struggles, expressing his disappointment with Jurgen Klopp's failure to address the team's defensive struggles.

"Liverpool have been very disappointing," Dunphy said.

"The net spend at Liverpool is £6.5m since Klopp arrived, which is a worrying stat because they need players badly. Arsenal are not in the ball game when it comes to buying the best players available.

"Liverpool don't appear to be in the ball game. Manchester United have spent fortunes on buying an awful lot of pretty ordinary players and they didn’t look very ambitious against Arsenal.

"I like Liverpool, as a club and its history. I always have a soft spot for them, but they've been poor this year really. They lost Mane, which was a big loss but they haven't attempted to build a defence and they cannot break down moderate teams who put bodies behind the ball."

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