Rio Ferdinand has slammed Liverpool’s defensive showing in the 3-3 draw against Sevilla revealing he believes they simply “don’t know how to defend”.

Speaking on BT Sport, after watching the Red’s game on Tuesday night, the former England captain did not hold back suggesting Liverpool can’t be considered a top team due to their defensive problems.

“They’re better when playing on the front foot,” Ferdinand positively stated before saying “but the best teams can mix and match and do things the ugly way.”

The retired defender continued: “I just feel this Liverpool team at the moment just don’t know to defend.

“Every goal could have been prevented. The penalty from Moreno, the free kick from Moreno and Klavan’s header – he could have headed it out rather than down into the box where all the bodies are.”

The 39-year-old focused on Liverpool’s defensively ability as the Reds only managed to secure a draw against Sevilla despite being 3-0 up at half time.

Liverpool’s failure to win meant that they now have to get at least a point against Spartak Moscow on December 6 in order to progress in to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Red’s defensive’s frailties have not just been seen in the Champions League but have been on show during their league games too.

Despite scoring 24 goals in the league, the Reds only have a +7 goal difference, having conceded 17 goals in the 12 leagues game they’ve played so far.

Watford scored three against Liverpool, Tottenham scored four in their victory over the Reds and Manchester City, the current league leaders, scored five.

The Reds are next in action on Saturday against Chelsea who sit third with three more points.

In other Liverpool news, fans took to social media to slam Jordan Henderson’s against Sevilla.

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