By Danny Wright
Rio Ferdinand believes that Liverpool are in desperate need of a leader in defence after they suffered a 2-2 draw with Sevilla at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds would have hoped to have got their Champions League group stage campaign off to a good start but goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Joaquin Correa were enough for the La Liga side to earn a point.
Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored in the first-half to give Liverpool the lead going into the break, however it could have been more if the Brazilian managed to score his 42nd minute penalty.
Correa equalised in the 72nd second before Joe Gomez was shown a red card in last phases of the game.
Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand knew a thing or two about shutting out opponents during his playing career and can clearly see that Jurgen Klopp’s side is crying out for strengthening in their backline.
A summer-long pursuit of Virgil van Dijk proved fruitless, leaving the centre of defence untouched by Klopp despite it being clear that improvements were needed.
“They’re fantastic going forward, you can sit and talk about them all day long,” said Ferdinand, as shown on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account on Wednesday.
“I just think they’re missing a centre-half, a leader. You used to hear [Jamie] Carragher screaming his head off through games.
“Or a Sami Hyypia or a holding midfielder, someone who can dictate a game and control a game, bully people and push people about.
“I just there’s no one with that sort of personality in there to take hold of games.”
"I think Liverpool are missing a centre-half, a leader…..Carragher, Sami Hyypiä."
Rio Ferdinand on Liverpool's defensive frailties. pic.twitter.com/ieXlq4LHiT
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) September 13, 2017
Liverpool’s opening games this season have made it clear that there is an imbalance in their squad.
While they are firing on all cylinders at one end of the pitch, they are leaking goals at the other, and that is replicated in the match stats from Wednesday’s draw with Sevilla.
The Spanish side scored with both of their two shots on target and they only made a total of three attempts all game.
However Liverpool fired 19 efforts at goal throughout the game, showing their strength and weakness quite clearly.
In other Liverpool news, Reds hero Carragher has slammed one of Everton’s summer signings.