John Barnes defends Liverpool after Harry Redknapp criticism

Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes defends the Reds following criticism from Harry Redknapp

John Barnes has rejected Harry Redknapp’s assessment that current Liverpool crop are the worst Reds team in years.

The Merseyside outfit suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat by West Ham United at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

You have to give teams time to settle down

John Barnes

Brendan Rodgers has spent heavily on new players in the summer transfer window, including Belgium international Christian Benteke.

While Barnes can understand Redknapp’s point of view, the former Liverpool captain believes the Reds can battle to a top-four finish this season.

“Some of Harry’s points are valid, but it terms of this team being the worst Liverpool side ever – I wouldn’t say so,” Barnes told talkSPORT.

“We’re a very hard working side, we are a physical side, we can outrun teams and are strong. Defensively we haven’t conceded many goals, part from against West Ham.

“Maybe fans got a little carried away because we did so well in their first three games and didn’t conceding any goals, but I’m not getting carried away.

“It showed against West Ham that we do have out problems but, apart from Man City, every other team is not playing consistently well. You have to give teams time to settle down.”

Barnes, who played with the likes of Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley at Anfield, won two top-flight crowns during his illustrious career with the 18-time English champions.

But the former England international believes Philippe Coutinho is the only player capable of inspiring free-flowing football in the Liverpool side.

“We know the type of players Harry Redknapp likes, he likes exciting football, and this isn’t necessarily going to be an exciting or free-flowing team,” Barnes added.

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“Apart from Coutinho, we haven’t really got that type of that player. We haven’t got that many inventive players, what we do have are fit, strong players – but that doesn’t mean we can’t be competitive.”

Liverpool have collected seven points from their opening four Premier League games after two wins, a draw and a defeat.

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