John Barnes: What Liverpool need to do better in title race

The former Liverpool captain admits Jurgen Klopp's men can't defend like Leicester City did last season

John Barnes has admitted that Liverpool need to do better defensively in the Premier League title race.

The Reds have been criticised for some poor defensive performances in the 2016-17 season so far despite Jurgen Klopp’s side remaining involved in the Premier League title race.

Klopp signed Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan in a £5m deal from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg in the summer transfer window, while Cameroon international Joel Matip completed a free transfer from German outfit Schalke 04.

The Liverpool boss signed Loris Karius in a £4.7m deal from Mainz 05 in the summer as Klopp looked to strengthen his goalkeeping options following Simon Mignolet’s erratic performances over the past three seasons.

However, the Merseyside outfit conceded six goals in two games against Bournemouth and West Ham United to prompt Klopp to bring Mignolet back into the Liverpool side at the expense of Karius.

While Barnes doesn’t believe the Reds aren’t capable of producing Leicester’s impressive defensive performances from their title winning campaign, the ex-Liverpool captain is adamant Klopp’s defence must improve.

“Leicester are very different to Liverpool. They defended really well (last season), as have Chelsea this season actually, and hit on the break,” Barnes told The Express.

“Chelsea are good to watch and they defend as well. Liverpool can’t play how Leicester played, with 30 per cent possession – that’s not their game.

“But I still believe they can play defensively better, because it’s disappointing to be 3-1 up and to lose it like that. Leicester were winning games 1-0 last season and Liverpool showed against Everton that they can do that.”

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