Alan Shearer slams Liverpool and one player in particular – ‘Poor at the back again’


Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino maintained Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.

But on another day Southampton could have come away with at least a point.

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian gifted Saints a goal late on with Danny Ings the lucky recipient and the Southampton striker then had a chance to equalise but fluffed his lines.

Newcastle legend Shearer, appearing on Match of the Day, was critical of Adrian following the goal and another dodgy moment in the first half.

But Shearer said overall the Liverpool defensive performance was below the high standards they set last season.

“Obviously playing in Istanbul in the week, extra time, so tiredness without doubt was there,” Shearer said while analysing the highlights.

“But they have looked pretty dodgy defensively and these are some of the reasons why.

“Good ball in, that should be in the back of the net. He gets in between [Joel] Matip and [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and he has to score there.

“Defensively from a corner, the keeper should perhaps come for it, but [Maya] Yoshida gets above [Virgil] Van Dijk, a decent save in the end.

“Keeper gets away with it here first half. Southampton did really well and created chances and pressed and worked and closed them down.

“He didn’t get away with it in the second half.

“Ings closes him down, in the back of the net, poor mistake.

“And then after cruising for much of the second half Liverpool, they were fortunate to come away with the three points.

“This again was a good ball in from [Yan] Valery, he got in behind Van Dijk and that again is a sitter, should be in the back of the net.

“For all they were good going forward Liverpool, they did look poor at the back again.

“They conceded 14 shots today and that only happened once last season.”


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