Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said Liverpool's on-pitch problems were more than just Mohamed Salah being out of form.
The Egyptian had two goals and two assists in six league appearances as the Reds struggled to get into their rhythm since the start of the season, picking up only two wins — a 9-0 thrashing against newly-promoted Bournemouth and a last-minute 2-1 win over Newcastle.
They also lost to Manchester United and most recently fought to a goalless draw with Everton to further compound their misery.
During a Premier League post-match discussion with Astro Supersport host Michelle Lee alongside former footballers Phillip Cocu and Gary Stevens after the Merseyside derby, Schwarzer implied their recent form was heavily impacted by the big departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich and injuries to first-team players such as Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara.
"When [Roberto] Firmino came on at half-time, he was doing the role that he was expected to do and it was more suited for them to play.
"They had more involvements because Firmino was in the pocket, played one-two passes and spread the ball out wide quickly, which they didn't do enough in the first half.
"Salah was more involved in the second half but he was nowhere near enough [of the level expected from him] and had a quiet game.
"[But Liverpool's struggle] is not just Salah because the team has changed in terms of dynamics, with Mane gone, Darwin Nunez in the side, their midfield changing quite a bit [against Everton] with two creative midfielders in Harvey [Elliott] and [Fabio] Carvalho, so that changed the way they played a little bit.
"I dont think they found the link-up play between the midfield and front three yet and the balance is still not quite right with Liverpool. Klopp is still trying to mix and match to find the perfect balance," said Schwarzer.