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Defensive Frailties

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Liverpool lost 4-1 to Spurs at Wembley on Sunday afternoon thanks to a frankly pathetic defensive display. A single goal from Mo Salah fooled us all into thinking there may be a glimmer of hope but the Spurs attack was far too strong and the Liverpool defence far too weak. 

Seriously, it's reached a point where I have actually given up on the back four for a variety of reasons:
Firstly I think Clyne walks straight back into that defence and to be honest adds a whole lot of security. Secondly, some may have changed their minds once again about Moreno but I certainly have not, he's no defender and why buy Robertson if you aren't gonna play him?
Granted Moreno has some sting on the attack but I challenge anybody to suggest that Robertson's crosses are any worse?
Then we have the centre-backs and the goalkeeper. Well, where's the soddin leadership that's what I say? Where's the Carra role screaming yer head off for 90 minutes and making sure everyone isn't stra…

Set Pieces Still A Nightmare For Reds | Five Things We Learned

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Same old problems, same old Liverpool. The 3-3 draw with Watford has only highlighted our pre-existing issues which don't appear to be anywhere near solved. With a defence looking completely lost and a midfield struggling to pass freely it was a frustrating outing a Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon for the Reds.
1) Mo Salah looks a good buyDespite the many, many negatives from that fixture it has to be said that Salah was one of the positives. He put on a good display in his pre-season matches and has proved against Watford that he can tough it in the Premier League. His clever play to force the penalty was quickly followed by a goal of his own (that Firmino shot wasn't going in so it's a good job he continued his run).

He made a real impact I felt, certainly in the second half and if anything, scoring on your debut, whatever the result is going to work wonders for your confidence. Keep an eye on this lad.
2) The midfield three need to stamp their authorityThere were sever…

Another Late Goal, Another Disappointing Result But It Wasn't All Bad

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Liverpool ended this years Champions League campaign last night on a bit of a low note. After playing some good football and looking the better side at many stages within the game they were defeated by a late Fiorentina goal which ensured that the Italians would top the group

Benitez had a chance to start an experimental 11 for this match and that he did. The starting line up consisted of Cavalieri, Darby, Dossena and of course Aquilani. It was a great chance to see some less frequent faces and it was also a very exciting moment for many a Liverpool fan poised and ready to analyze Aquilani's first start for the club since being signed in August.

The first 45 minutes consisted of a confident and forward pushing Liverpool. Despite the positive play the final product appeared to be the problem though, shots were sparse and Fiorentina were becoming more dangerous on the counter attack.

Cavalieri was called to duty on a few occasions in the first half and each time he reacted calmly and c…

The Zonal Marking Debate

We all have our preferences and we all know how the pundits like to point the finger every time the Liverpool defence concede from a set piece. I'm sure you all remember the Cahill incident on two occasions last season which i personally found almost unbearable, how did we allow it to happen twice? It was almost identical.

Despite this i still myself believe in our zonal marking system, I'm convinced it works more times than not and that it is basically used as a scapegoat or excuse when we concede.

Carragher has been commenting on the matter quite recently in the news, he was quoted saying;

"People always say when you man-mark you know whose fault it is when the goal goes in. But because we know the zonal system a bit better than you guys, we know who's at fault when someone's not done their job, and we talk about that on the training ground to put it right. "

The defence themselves often show great support towards the system and the way the manager enforces it …