Newcastle’s 10 men fought hard to deny Liverpool all three points yesterday. However, Reds should have won the game having played a full half with an extra man.
There is no point to panic for Liverpool supporters as Reds are still joint second with Chelsea and only two points behind leaders Arsenal.
Last season, at this stage, Brendan Rodgers’s side only had 9 points and were 12th in the league. One of their main concerns was inconsistent defense.
Reds looked to have solved that problem as they were brilliant in defense for the first three league games but since then they have not kept a clean sheet.
Manager invested most of his summer funds to sign defenders but the problem still persists, is it because of poor defenders or once again Rodgers is at fault with his tactics?
The most important aspect is that their set piece defending has been horrific to say the least. Liverpool have conceded 4 goals in the last 5 games from set pieces.
Southampton and Man United defeated them in respective games thanks to goals from corners (left). Crystal Palace and Newcastle scored goals from free kicks coming from the left as well.
Sakho, Toure, Skrtel and Agger are not known as average defenders by any means and other than set piece howlers have defended really well but are they really poor when it comes to set piece defending?
Man to man marking or Zonal marking, the key is that you have to attack the ball but Liverpool defenders have been found ball watching. Defenders are to be blamed yes but so is Rodgers because the problem is ongoing for now.
The boss must fix the issue sooner rather than later if they want to fight for top prizes and achieve their targets this season.
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