Liverpool have let in too many goals all season, says Vegard Heggem
EXCLUSIVE: Former Liverpool full-back Vegard Heggem says the Reds's defence has been a cause for concern all season
Vegard Heggem believes Liverpool have been “letting in too many goals” all season after their collapse at Crystal Palace on Monday.
The Reds conceded three goals in the final 11 minutes at Selhurst Park as Palace came from 3-0 down to rescue a point and deliver a potentially fatal blow to Liverpool’s title bid.
It’s been a problem this season that we’re letting in too many goals
Liverpool legend John Barnes defended Brendan Rodgers’s back four on Tuesday after Jamie Carragher criticised “mentally weak” defending by centre-half pairing Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel.
But Heggem, who spent five seasons at Anfield, feels the Premier League leaders’s biggest problem this season has been the amount of goals that they have shipped.
“A huge disappointment, of course. I don’t think anyone expected a collapse like that,” Heggem told The Sport Review.
“But it’s been a problem this season that we’re letting in too many goals.”
Manchester City will pip Liverpool to the Premier League title if the Citizens win their two remaining top-flight games, starting with their clash against Aston Villa at The Etihad on Wednesday night.
And former full-back Heggem, who joined Liverpool from Norwegian side Rosenborg in 1998, can’t see Manuel Pellegrini’s men slipping up against Villa.
“We now need Manchester City to get beaten in one of their two remaining games. I can’t see that happening, but, of course, the possibility is there,” Heggem continued.
With Chelsea, City and Manchester United expected to strengthen during the summer transfer window, Liverpool could face a difficult task challenging for the title next term.
However, Heggem is expecting Rodgers to spend heavily in the summer transfer window in order to build a more competitive squad after securing a return to the Champions League.
“[There is] a lot to build on from this season, and with a good transfer window in the summer I don’t see why we shouldn’t fare just as good next season.”
Former Liverpool defender Vegard Heggem owns and runs a salmon fishing business in his native Norway, called Aunan Lodge