By Harvey Byrne
Garth Crooks has shared that he thinks Liverpool’s poor defence will prevent them from winning the league title this season.
BBC Sport pundit Crooks believes that the Merseyside giants don’t have the quality in their back four to claim the league crown.
His claim follows after the Reds suffered a 3-2 defeat at Anfield against relegation battling Swansea on Saturday.
A Fernando Llorente double alongside a Gylfi Sigurdsson cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s two goals, as the Swans left with all three points.
Crooks named both Llorente and new signing Tom Carroll in his weekend eleven and the former Tottenham man was critical of the Reds in both of his write-ups.
“Last week, we saw Liverpool defend heroically at Old Trafford – but courage alone is not enough,” wrote Crooks on the BBC Sport website for Carroll.
“Liverpool need know-how and a central defender who can organise and marshal his defensive colleagues in isolation and one that doesn’t need the assistance of the cavalry every time there is a set-piece or counter-attack. The Reds now have to face Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal at Anfield in a matter of weeks. I keep saying that Liverpool can’t win the title with this defence, but it’s obvious Jurgen Klopp disagrees.”
While he followed up in his write-up for Llorente: “Liverpool still find themselves in a fantastic position regardless of this result – but a wonderful opportunity will soon evaporate if they don’t fix what has been glaringly obvious to me all season. Liverpool need a central defensive general.”
Liverpool currently have the second worst defensive record of the Premier League’s top seven with 27 goals conceded from their 22 fixtures.
Their strong attack has kept them battling at the top end of the table as they boast the best goals for tally in the Premier League with 51 strikes.
However, their lost points at the weekend has meant that they now trail league leaders Chelsea by 10 points.
Liverpool will face Antonio Conte’s side next at Anfield in the league, but beforehand they will face both Southampton and Wolves in the cup competitions.
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