Gary Neville: This is Liverpool’s big problem under Jurgen Klopp

The Manchester United legend highlights Liverpool's well-documented struggles against the league's smaller teams

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville has described Liverpool’s inability to beat the Premier League’s smaller clubs as their Achilles heel under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool are stumbling over the line in the top-four race after the Merseyside outfit played out a disappointing goalless draw with Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds have impressed on the road in the Premier League in recent weeks after narrow wins against Stoke City and Watford, West Bromwich Albion.

However, Liverpool lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace at Anfield last month before Sunday’s goalless stalemate with EFL Cup runners-up Southampton.

Arsenal spared Liverpool’s blushes with a 2-0 win against fourth-placed Manchester United.

The 18-time English champions are in third place in the Premier League table and five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.

Speaking on Monday Night Football about Liverpool’s big weakness under Klopp, former Manchester United defender Neville said:

“Teams that sit back against Liverpool make it difficult for them. It’s their Achilles’ heel.

“They can’t beat the lesser teams at home. Teams that are expansive against them are OK because they can get them on the break. We talk about Plan B but in this last few weeks I think we’ve seen they need to improve Plan A.”

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Liverpool are in eighth place in the Premier League table.

The Reds signed seven players in the summer transfer window in 2016.

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