Michael Owen admits he is not 'particularly surprised' by how former club Liverpool have struggled over the past 18 months.
Liverpool finished runners-up to Owen's current club Manchester United in the 2008/09 season before trailing in seventh under Rafa Benitez last term.
This season has been even worse for the Reds, who currently sit 12th in the Premier League and sacked Roy Hodgson over the weekend after just six months as manager.
However, having remained close to former team-mates Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, Owen is not shocked to see Liverpool toiling in mid-table.
"I am not particularly surprised," Owen, who appeared as a substitute in the FA Cup win over his old club on Sunday, told United Review.
"I would say their position reflects where they are right now.
"They are in the middle of a transitional period and off the pitch they have had a change of ownership.
"They are also very reliant on a couple of star players and if they are out injured, they have tended to struggle."
And, even if he opts not to share the information he has been given, it is evident things have been going badly wrong behind the scenes.
Owen, who left Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2004, added: "I don't think they would ever forgive me if I said what they had told me."