Jurgen Klopp's side have been described as too nice to win the title
They have also been dumped out of both cups and last week slipped out of the top four.
Jurgen Klopp's side have not won in the Premier League since the turn of the year
Jurgen Klopp's side have been told they're too nice
Liverpool have slipped out of the top four after going five Premier League games without a win
And McAteer thinks they need to change their attitude.
“I always feel like Liverpool are a nice bunch of boys," he told 888sport.
"A nice team with players you could take home to your mum. You look at Chelsea and there is a bit of horribleness about them.
"Costa and Luiz and even Cahill to an extent. It’s a battle for them. It’s becomes horrible.
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"Since Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard retired there have been big shoes that haven’t been filled but you can’t make a leader, they’re born.
"So I’d like Liverpool to go into the market and bring in someone with those leadership qualities.
“I’m not taking anything away from Jordan Henderson who has been a terrific captain.
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"Like Moyes and Ferguson it’s always extremely difficult to take over a legend at a football club and replicate what they did.
"Jordan is his own man and leads in other ways: by his performances and actions. He isn’t one for pointing and screaming.
"Liverpool need someone like that who digs out players. When I played if you gave the ball away three or four would be immediately onto you: John Barnes and Mark Wright and Razor Ruddock. It lifts the team when you’re up against it.”