By Laura O'Leary

1st Dec, 2017 | 10:39am

Liam Rosenior: This is the player that Liverpool need to sign... and it's not a defender

Liam Rosenior, ahead of playing Liverpool Brighton on Saturday, shared that he believed the Reds’ defensive woes are due to them not having a “top-class defensive” midfielder.

In his column for The Guardian, the defender suggested it was wrong that individuals had been singled out over Liverpool’s problems by the media, and clearly stated what he thinks the issue is.

“I would instead point to the fact that these players always seem to be defending in isolation, without protection from a specialist, top-class defensive midfield player who stops counterattacks and in turn protects them from in front of the back four,” said the Brighton defender.

The 33-year-old complimented Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum labeling them “outstanding” but as none of them are a “natural anchorman” the defence doesn’t have extra protection and the balance is therefore wrong in the team.

The Reds have conceded 18 goals in their 14 league games, but their attack has kept them afloat – they currently sit fifth with 26 points and a positive goal difference.

Liverpool go into their clash with Brighton having not suffered defeat in their last seven games across all competitions.

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The Reds have also scored an impressive 20 goals during this run, with only Chelsea managing to limit them to under three goals.

The Seagulls also go into Saturday’s meeting in good form, having only lost only one of their last seven games.

In other Liverpool news, this 22-year-old admits he is unsure about his future with the Reds. 

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