BBC pundit: This is the Liverpool Achilles heel
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool beat West Brom 2-1 in their Premier League game on Saturday evening, but conceded a goal from a set piece late on.
From a corner, the ball dropped to West Brom defender Gareth McAuley and he got a bit of luck to find himself totally free a few yards from goal.
He smashed it in the back of the net in the 81st minute to make the last ten minutes uncomfortable for Liverpool, who had dominated the game and deserved to win.
Talking on BBC’s Match of the Day programme on Saturday night, former goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said that set pieces are becoming Liverpool’s “Achilles heel”.
“They sit with zonal marking and that’s one of their problems,” he said.
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“As a player I hated zonal marking, I always wanted man-on-man marking and a player on the post.
“With Liverpool they don’t seem to have a player on the post and it makes it more difficult. As a goalkeeper you feel more exposed.”
Liverpool have made a strong start to the new Premier League campaign and are currently second, behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference. Both teams have 20 points.
They have scored an impressive 20 goals in just nine fixtures, but have also conceded 11 and have only kept one clean sheet in their 0-0 draw with Manchester United.
Liverpool play Tottenham next in the EFL Cup on Tuesday before travelling to Crystal Palace in the Premier League next Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, fans reacted on twitter to Joel Matip’s display against West Brom.