Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has slammed the Reds' defence following their 3-1 defeat against Manchester City.
Liverpool spent £20 million on Southampton centre-half, Dejan Lovren, and also signed Alberto Moreno from Sevilla for £16 million, but Carragher insisted both players still need to prove their worth.
“The whole back four never really functioned well and there were problems down that side with Moreno coming in for his first game. He has had a difficult night with Moreno on that side,” he said on Monday Night Football.
“We saw it with the Southampton goal last week and it’s got to change - and change very quickly. Last week, when Lovren moved, Martin Skrtel never moved his position and there was a big space.
“That happened all night tonight. It wasn’t so much in the central areas, it was more between the centre-back and the left-back.
“It’s basic back-four work and it’s something that Liverpool are going to have to work on because if it happens a lot in this league, you’re going to get punished.”
Carragher is concerned that many of the defensive issues that cost Liverpool in the title race last season have not been rectified – and it could cost them a Champions League spot this term.
“Liverpool were so close to Man City last year and you don’t want to go to your rivals early on and get a good beating, which it was tonight. It was 3-1, but it could have been 4-1 or 5-1,” he added.
“There were problems that we spoke about a lot that last season that cost Liverpool the title in the end. After two games, they have already conceded four goals and it’s something they are going to have to rectify.
“People are saying they’re not in for the title. I still think they’re one of the best sides in the league, but they can’t continue conceding goals like that.
“They’re going to have extra games and there’s no Suarez as well. The top four is going to be a fight for them as well this season.”
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