Gullit believe that the Reds are missing the authority of Ferguson and that manager David Moyes hasn't attempted to make the team his own.
He said: "They kept basically the same team and squad in the summer, which is why they are inconsistent in the Premier League.
"The club is also struggling to get going without Sir Alex Ferguson. They are missing his presence and his personality.
"There is no longer the man who shakes the place up internally and who has the guts to dish things out to the FA, to referees or other authorities.
"Ferguson always got away with his strong voice. In fact, he always came out stronger, as they would all take notice of what he said.
"David Moyes does not have that status yet and you can't expect him to take on that role overnight."
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