Man United and Chelsea sent blunt warning about title credentials this season

Kevin Keegan claims Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are not particularly good at defending

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Kevin Keegan has claimed that Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are “not great” defensively and says that Liverpool have been unfairly criticised this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s teams have been widely questioned for their shaky displays at the back this season, with the Reds having conceded 12 goals – more than any other team above them in the Premier League.

However, former Newcastle United manager Keegan feels that none of the top sides in the Premier League are particularly good at defending at the moment.

Keegan is quoted as saying by the Daily Express: “I don’t think Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea are great defensively. It’s not just a Liverpool problem.

“It’s no fun being a defender. If a defender misses three tackles he’s off so it’s no wonder they are cautious.

“Nowadays everything is built for teams to go forward, which is great. Who shows highlights of defending?

“Yes they are conceding goals and they say it’s a bit like my (Newcastle) team, but at Liverpool fans want to see a good game of football and they want the team to have a go.”

Liverpool’s defence will be put to the test on Saturday afternoon when the Reds host bitter rivals Manchester United at Anfield in the Premier League.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are aiming to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after the disappointment of their 1-0 loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge before the international break.

Antonio Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season in his first campaign in charge at the club, but the Blues have lost two and drawn one of their opening seven games to leave them in fourth place in the table.

Chelsea take on Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game on Saturday afternoon.

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