Mark Lawrenson: This is Liverpool’s biggest problem

Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool struggle to cope with teams who sit back at Anfield

Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool’s biggest problem is teams sitting off the Reds at Anfield.

The Merseyside outfit played out a goalless draw with West Ham United in the FA Cup fourth round at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

If you’re going to play Benteke, you’ve also got to play to his strengths, you’ve got to help the fella

Mark Lawrenson

Liverpool have only won seven of their 14 home games under Jurgen Klopp after the German replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October.

Klopp’s men make the trip to Premier League leaders Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Tuesday night as the Reds look to close the gap on the top four.

Former Reds defender Lawrenson says Klopp needs to play to Christian Benteke’s strengths if the 18-time English champions are to improve their home record.

“When you look at us at the moment at home because we haven’t started too many occasions with an out-and-out striker like Christian Benteke, I think our great problem is that teams just sit back,” Lawrenson told Liverpool Echo.

“To get winning regularly at home we’re going to have to play a different way.

“Of late, Benteke’s movement has improved. He’s got better.

“If you’re going to play Benteke, you’ve also got to play to his strengths, you’ve got to help the fella.

“We’re betwixt and between. We trust the manager, we like the manager, and think eventually he’ll get it right.”

Liverpool are in seventh place in the Premier League table after winning nine of their 23 top-flight games so far this season.

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The Reds are 13 points behind leaders Leicester ahead of Tuesday’s clash at King Power Stadium.

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