Gary Neville: Liverpool need to deal with this problem to challenge
Gary Neville runs the rule over Liverpool's performance in Sunday's 4-3 victory over Arsenal
Gary Neville believes Liverpool need to sign a commanding centre-half to resolve a long-running problem after Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Arsenal.
The Reds conceded in the first half after Theo Walcott made amends for an earlier penalty miss with a composed finish with beat Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
When you think of the championship winning teams, the centre-halves have been very strong
The 18-time English champions hit back on the stroke of half-time thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s superb free-kick which crept past Arsenal number one Petr Cech.
Adam Lallana edged Liverpool into a 2-1 lead with a brilliant piece of skill before Coutinho added his second of the game minutes later.
And Liverpool summer signing Sadio Mane extended Liverpool’s advantage to 4-1 with a superb solo goal before Calum Chambers and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain offered Arsenal some hope at 4-3.
Former Manchester United defender Neville warned Liverpool that they need to resolve their defensive issues if Klopp’s side are to challenge this season.
“Last season they conceded the most goals they have ever done in the Premier League. It has been a problem for a number of years,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.
“They lack that real presence either in goal or in the heart of the defence. When you think of the championship winning teams, the centre-halves have been very strong.”
Liverpool conceded 50 times in 38 Premier League games last season under Rodgers and Klopp.
The Reds return to action against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.