Nervy, shaky, heart in mouth and “I’m not sure how much more of this I can take” were just some of the word bandied about on twitter in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Swansea.
The leagues great entertainers, the four scored against the Welsh side took them to 70 for the season, ahead of Manchester City. While Liverpool’s forward quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling have garnered much headlines for their attacking prowess, their defense has been the cause of many whispers (make that roars).
In the recent wins over Fulham and the Swans, Liverpool conceded five goals alone. Of the top four, the Reds have conceded the most, 14 more than leaders Chelsea. While cavalier and attacking football has to be commended, Championships are won on much more and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will be worried at his side’s defensive frailties going into the last 11 games of the season.
Individual errors and basic mistakes have cost Liverpool, their most set back in the 1-1 draw with West Brom when a sure three points became a disappointing one. Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Jon Flanagan, Aly Cissokho, Glen Johnson, Luis Enrique, Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure have played along the back four at various points this season with no one making a strong case to lead the defense next season.
In the aftermath of the game with the Swans, Rodgers expressed his concerns over his defense and how they would need to improve if the Reds were to maintain their challenge.
“We did not defend anywhere near well enough in any aspect.” he said. “We conceded poor goals. It’s not structurally bad, it’s decision making. We will continue to work on that side of things. I thought we were nervy at the back and we have to improve that.”
With Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea all still to head to Anfield, Reds will be concerned especially given the attacking talent on offer at each club. Watch live football streaming Capital One Cup final with City playing vs Sunderland. Likewise, Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney are hitting form and with Liverpool set to travel to Old Trafford, David Moyes and his men, still harboring ambitions of fourth, will fancy their chances against the Reds.
Last season Jaime Carragher, a non-starter in the first half of the campaign, cemented his place in the side with his experience proving vital in their strong end to the season. This time round, Toure is the experienced head. However, the Arsenal man has not provided a calming influence at the back, and in fact, the Ivorian has proved quite the opposite, making a number of high profile errors.
The return of Lucas will help the defensive side of Liverpool midfield, the aging legs of Steven Gerrard adept as he is becoming in his new deeper role, the free role of Philippe Coutinho and attacking instincts of Jordan Henderson have meant that the Reds back line does not get as much protection as those of City and Chelsea. You can catch this action and more at YouTube ipad Live Streaming Video.
Fernandinho, John Obi Mikel and Ramires all have strong defensive traits and their ability to protect the back four means provides more comfort for the defenders. If Liverpool can solve their defensive dilemma ahead of the Southampton game and beyond then the Reds could be on their way to a first ever Premier League title, fail and their long wait continues.
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