Liverpool need to tighten up ahead of Arsenal, warns Reds legend
Ray Houghton wants to see defensive improvements
Ray Houghton has warned Liverpool that they must tighten up ahead of their games against Bournemouth and Arsenal.
The Reds suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat by bitter rivals Manchester United at the weekend, heaping further pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.
Too many are working as individuals and that comes down to a lack of confidence
And former Liverpool midfielder Houghton reckons the Reds are set for a real test against high-flying Cherries in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday.
“There have to be nerves,” Houghton told talkSPORT.
“Liverpool have to tighten up. First and foremost you have to be hard to play against, so they have to make sure that defensively everyone is working for each other. Too many are working as individuals and that comes down to a lack of confidence.
“It will be tough for them, and Brendan [Rodgers] has to put out a strong team. If Brendan loses this games and then loses to Arsenal on Saturday it will heap more pressure on him.
“It will be a real test for Liverpool to see how good they are and how they react to adversity.”