Gary Neville: Liverpool would have won title but for Jurgen Klopp’s defence

The Man United legend slams Liverpool's defence and questions why Jurgen Klopp hasn't replaced some of his poorest defenders

Man United legend Gary Neville Photo: Sky Sports

Gary Neville believes Liverpool would have won the Premier League title if some of their worst defenders had been replaced.

The Merseyside outfit have stuck with Belgium international Simon Mignolet in goal despite his inconsistent performances under Brendan Rodgers and his successor Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have also persisted with erratic Spanish defender Alberto Moreno at left-back and error-prone Dejan Lovren in the back four over the past three seasons.

Lovren endured a particularly difficult afternoon at Wembley as Tottenham exposed the Croatia international in a ruthless performance to force Klopp to take off the ex Southampton man after 32 minutes.

Mignolet and Moreno were also culpable as Spurs eased to resounding 4-1 victory over Liverpool to secure three points and leave Klopp’s hopes of winning the title in tatters.

Former Manchester United defender Neville admitted that he can’t believe some of Liverpool’s weak links are still at the Merseyside club 24 months into Klopp’s reign.

“Watching these Liverpool defenders over the period of three or four years, I can’t believe some of them are still there,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“They could have won a league over the past three or four seasons if they could defend. so I’m not being harsh.”

Liverpool finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.

The Reds signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke, Hull City defender Andy Robertson and Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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