By Dominic Toner
Gary Neville believes that Liverpool’s obvious weakness is breaking down defensively set-up sides and that was evident in their draw against Southampton.
The Merseyside club slumped to a goalless draw on Sunday against the Saints and suffered more frustration in the Premier League.
James Milner saw his penalty denied by Fraser Forster in the second-half, but the home side were fairly quiet in front of goal at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have suffered all season against teams in the bottom half of the table, while they are undefeated against the top six in the division.
The Reds are third-placed in the league table and remain on course to seal a Champions League spot despite dropping points against the Saints, who moved up to 10th with a point.
Neville feels that Liverpool need to address a certain area in the summer transfer window and that is their quality going forward against the lesser sides.
“For Liverpool there is an obvious sort of weakness in the sense that they can’t break teams down when they defend deep against them,” Neville said in his podcast.
Liverpool have found it extremely difficult at home recently and their poor showing against Southampton was not a rare occasion.
They suffered a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace in their previous home fixture, as well as drawing 2-2 in Bournemouth beforehand.
Klopp’s side enjoy the high intensity games against their Premier League rivals, but find it difficult breaking down opponents that are defensively resolute.
In other Liverpool news, a BBC pundit has delivered a critical assessment of the club’s attackers.