Why are Brendan Rodgers’ team underperforming so much?
Liverpool continued their frustrating start to the Premier League season yesterday, with Brendan Rodgers’ side beaten 1-0 by Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, with Alan Pardew’s side controlling long periods of the game and thoroughly deserving their victory.
The Reds, of course, lost Luis Suarez in the summer – but whilst they miss the Uruguayan, his absence is not the only cause of the club’s malaise so far during this campaign. Here are five reasons why we think their performances and results have been so poor:
They signed the wrong central defender
It was clear to everyone that Liverpool needed to invest heavily in their defence this summer and, whilst Rodgers secured the signings of Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo, the Reds haven’t really improved sufficiently. Lovren, in particular, does not look like a £20m player and suffers from the same flaws as his partner Martin Skrtel. Surely they could’ve got better for their money?