Gary Neville: Why I’m concerned about Liverpool

Gary Neville says Liverpool have been struggling with a lack of pace up front in recent games

Gary Neville has admitted that he is “concerned” about Liverpool’s lack of pace after the Reds slumped to a 3-1 loss to Manchester United at the weekend.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have suffered back to back defeats in the Premier League to leave the Merseyside outfit down in 10th place in the table after the first five games of the new campaign.

The lack of pace and runners in behind is a great concern for me

Gary Neville

Liverpool have scored just three goals in their first five games, placing them as the joint-second lowest scorers in the English top flight.

And former United defender Neville feels that Rodgers’ side have been suffering from a lack of speed in their attacks following the exits of Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in recent seasons.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: “At times over the last few years we have asked for them to be more rigid but now they seem to have gone the other way.

“The lack of pace and runners in behind is a great concern for me. Now that Sterling and Suarez have gone and Sturridge is injured, they have been replaced with players without the same electricity who come to the ball. It’s a lot easier to play against.

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“If Liverpool’s front players all want to come to the ball, who is making the runs behind the defence? If you don’t make runs behind then it’s a nightmare.”

Liverpool return to Premier League action when they take on Norwich at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Before that, Rodgers’ men travel to Bordeaux in their Europa League group-stage opener on Thursday evening.

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