Liverpool have a phobia of set-pieces, claims former Reds midfielder
Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says the Reds must improve their defensive work at set-pieces
Liverpool have a phobia of set-pieces which their opponents can sense, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The Reds suffered a 3-1 loss to West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday after goals from Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho and Morgan Amalfitano.
The Liverpool defence look gripped by fear at every corner and free-kick
The Hammers’s opener in east London was a result of a free-kick which means Liverpool have conceded 16 goals from set-pieces since the start of last season.
And former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp feels the Reds are defensively worse since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
“Without Luis Suarez, Liverpool were never going to score as many goals. The worrying thing for Brendan Rodgers is his side are still letting them in at an alarming rate,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“They’ve let in 35 league goals and kept six clean sheets in 2014. That’s not good enough. Opposition teams are sensing the fear and set-pieces in particular are now a phobia for Rodgers’ men.
“That is something you would expect to be fixed on the training ground, but you can overdo it. If you focus too much on weaknesses you can become very conscious of them and start to think more about what you can’t do than what you can.
“The Liverpool defence look gripped by fear at every corner and free-kick. Since the start of last season they have let in more goals from set-pieces than City or Chelsea. They must improve.”