Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believes that the Reds have way too many problems in the back to challenge for the Premier League trophy.
Liverpool have had an indifferent start of the season, recording only three wins in seven games, and currently sitting seven points adrift of table leaders Manchester United and Manchester City. Just like last season, the Merseyside club is struggling in the back, conceiving easy goals almost every single game. Not only are Liverpool sloppy when it comes to defending, but they are also struggling to materialize on the chances they create, which leaves Shearer convinced that Liverpool are not capable of challenging for the title this season.
The former English striker was questioned which team left him underwhelmed this season and Shearer responded: “Liverpool. Going forward, creating chances, they haven’t scored enough goals.” he said, according to Goal.
“And defensively they’ve been as poor as ever. Nothing has changed from last season.
“I was at the game when they played Newcastle. Same old problems defensively, had a lot of the ball in the first half and should have killed the game off.Crouch: Mane & Salah have a healthy competition for goals Andrew Smyth – Peter Crouch reckons Sadio Mane has doubled his value in recent seasons, and boasts a “healthy competition” with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah for goals.
“One great goal from [Philippe] Coutinho but other than they were poor going forward.
“They’ve got no chance of winning the Premier League playing like that.”
Even though the Reds sealed a top four finish last season, their defensive issues remain unsolved and Shearer believes that Klopp could have done more to prevent that from happening.
“I know they got into the top four last season and got Champions League, which was a success. But one of their problems last season was conceding too many goals. And nothing has changed from last season to this season. [Klopp] constantly rotates the goalkeepers, which cant be helpful for the defenders.”