Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has insisted that his old club still have “real defensive issues” that must be addressed sooner rather than later.
Jurgen Klopp’s men fell to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday, with both goals coming from errors in possession from the Reds.
Following on from their opening weekend win over Arsenal, they’ve now shipped five goals in just two Premier League games, a trend that they can’t afford to allow to continue.
Murphy believes that they have a serious issue that needs fixing quickly, otherwise Klopp may have to consider a tweak to the way in which they play.
“There are real issues,” Murphy said on Match of the Day. “Are they good enough to play from the back all the time?
“They’re not Barcelona. They have to mix the game up better.”
In Klopp’s defence, it’s just two games into the new season and with a whole host of new faces arriving this summer, some of whom are out of action due to injury, it will likely take time before we see the best of his team.
Nevertheless, given their status, ambitions and expectations after spending this summer, he can’t afford to take too long to get things right before the pressure really starts to weigh on his shoulders.
From an attacking perspective, Liverpool look dangerous and full of goals. However, their leaky defence and mistakes in possession could hold them back in their bid to reach their objectives this season and time will tell as to whether Klopp keeps faith in their current approach or makes a change.