Newcastle United

By Richard Parks

Alan Shearer has claimed that the miscommunication between Emre Can and Ragnar Klavan in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Burnley summed up what is wrong in their team.

The Match of the Day pundit was highly critical of the defensive organisation of the Merseysiders as they failed to overcome Sean Dyche’s team at Anfield.

It was the third consecutive match in which Liverpool had failed to win, as their weaknesses were exposed at the back in the same way as their 2-2 draw against Sevilla three days earlier and in their 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City the previous weekend.

In a stinging appraisal of Liverpool, Shearer wrote in the Sun that Liverpool are no better under Jurgen Klopp than they were when former manager Brendan Rodgers was in charge.

The Newcastle United legend questioned what defensive work Klopp does on the training ground as the same errors are repeated on a weekly basis.

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“What I witnessed on Saturday in their draw at home to Burnley was laughable,” wrote Shearer in the Sun. “Late on, even Kop fans lost patience as Klavan and Emre Can both went for the same ball without a Burnley player nearby, conceding a corner.

“From that, Ben Mee was allowed a free header which Matip headed over. And from the next set-piece, Mee had another header saved. Nothing learned.”

Liverpool ended the weekend eighth in the Premier League with a haul of eight points from their opening five fixtures, five adrift of leaders Manchester United.

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