Gary Neville adresses Liverpool’s ‘absolute weakness’ under Jurgen Klopp
The Manchester United legend pinpoints Liverpool's lack of progress under Jurgen Klopp
Gary Neville believes Liverpool’s “absolute weakness” has already been exposed in the Premier League title race this season.
The Reds produced one of the performances of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign so far when Liverpool eased to a resounding 4-0 victory over title rivals Arsenal at Anfield last month.
However, the Merseyside outfit suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss to Manchester City following Sadio Mane’s red card as the Citizens exposed Liverpool’s defensive frailties under Klopp.
Liverpool’s season is already becoming a tale of attack and defence after scoring 17 goals in eight games but the Reds have already conceded 14 times to undermine their attacking prowess.
Klopp failed to significantly improve the Liverpool defence in the summer transfer window despite their well-documented problems at the back since the German coach took over the reins in 2015.
Former Manchester United defender Neville claimed that Liverpool haven’t made any progress over the summer months following a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield last weekend.
“What we have already seen this season is Liverpool demonstrating what they can do, but also their absolute weaknesses,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“If you think about conceding unnecessary goals and struggling to break down teams at home, they don’t seem to have moved forward in that sense.
“They can beat any side on their day a team opens up against them, as we saw with Arsenal, but if you can be compact and not give them space then you can stop them.”
Liverpool will take on Leicester City in their next Premier League game at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Reds are looking to win their first Premier League title this season after finishing in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.