By Matt Bullin
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has claimed that Liverpool cannot beat Premier League lightweights because they don’t have an alternative to their intricate passing game.
The 46-year-old also said Jurgen Klopp’s side may come unstuck against the smaller teams because they go into the matches expecting to win.
Liverpool lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace last time out, which continued their trend of suffering disappointing results against ‘smaller’ teams in the Premier League.
By contrast, they have picked up excellent results against their top-four rivals throughout the season.
Speaking to Coral, via their official Twitter account, Shearer explained why he believes Liverpool struggle against the lesser sides.
He said: “You could say that they turn up expecting to beat the lower teams in the division, you can never do that it’s dangerous.
“Or [it could be that] they just can’t break them down. They can’t break teams that sit and defend and get numbers behind the ball. If their passing isn’t working to get through they don’t have a different plan.
“[But] when you look at their record against the top clubs, the ability is there, they just have to break sides down better.”
— Coral (@Coral) April 29, 2017
Next up for Klopp’s Reds is a trip to Vicarage Road to play Watford on Monday night.
Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League, though they could go into their crucial Monday night clash down in fifth if both Manchester clubs get three points on Sunday.
Man United take on Swansea at home in the lunchtime kick off, while Man City travel to the Riverside to take on relegation-battling Middlesbrough.
Last time Liverpool met Watford they completed a demolition job on them.
Back in November of 2016 Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino all netted, while Sadio Mane bagged a brace as the Reds ran out 6-1 winners at Anfield.
In other Liverpool news, here are three things to expect when Klopp’s side face Watford.