Rio Ferdinand: This will be Liverpool FC’s downfall this season
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Liverpool's defence remains their Achilles' heel
Rio Ferdinand has warned Liverpool that their Achilles’ heel remains their defence this season.
The Merseyside outfit struggled defensively throughout Jurgen Klopp’s first full campaign in charge of the 18-time English champions.
Liverpool still managed to finish in the Premier League’s top four despite conceding 42 times in 38 games in the Premier League last term.
The Reds launched a sustained attempt to sign Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk in the summer transfer window but a deal failed to materialise.
Liverpool were unable to get a deal over the line and the Netherlands international remained at St Mary’s despite the defender’s interest in a potential move.
The Merseyside outfit conceded three times in a 3-3 draw with Watford in their Premier League opener at Vicarage Road last month.
Liverpool lost 5-0 to Manchester City in their last Premier League game following Sadio Mane’s sending off.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes Klopp’s defence isn’t good enough to launch a sustained title challenge this season.
“I said last season that defensively I wasn’t sure about them – they conceded too many chances,” Ferdinand told BT Sport Premier League Tonight on Saturday night. “I think it’s the same this season.
“They worked hard to get Virgil van Dijk and it didn’t happen. That [their defence] is going to probably be their Achilles’ heel again this season.”
Liverpool signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke, Hull City defender Andy Robertson and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer transfer window.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.