By Amir Mir
Football Insider analyses the three talking points after Liverpool suffer a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon at Anfield.
Liverpool back four needs more competition
Another game. More goals conceded by Liverpool. That’s 42 goals conceded by Jurgen Klopp’s side during this campaign, which has been costly. James Milner provides reliability, but in truth, he needs more competition at left-back added with the fact that it is not his natural position. The same applies with the two centre-backs, with no-one of any quality pushing them for a first team spot. The same applies for Clyne, who is not good enough when going forward. All four positions need addressing in the summer.
Klopp favourite miles worse than Palace counterpart
Christian Benteke moved to Crystal Palace from Liverpool last summer for a fee of £27million after struggling to cement a regular place in the team. During the match at Anfield, he showed what his former side are missing when he was in the right place to equalise in the first half. By contrast, 22-year-old, Divock Origi was anonymous for his team, with Benteke proving that he is better than his Belgian counterpart. Whether it is his hold up play or aerial threat, Beneteke was a menace to the Reds backline throughout the match as he deserved his two match-winning goals upon his return to Anfield.
More squad depth needed
At the start of the match, Klopp named two 17-year-old’s on the bench in Ben Woodburn and Rhian Brewster which proved the weak squad the German has. When Palace equalised or even scored the winning goal, a player of quality and experience coming off the bench was needed. But, the Reds simply don’t have that and they need to make a number of signings in the summer to help improve all areas of their squad.
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