La Liga pundit for Sky Sports Guillem Balague has accused Liverpool of lacking balance in an opinion piece for Spanish site AS.
Liverpool have been one of the most exciting sides to watch in Europe this season with the most goals in the Premier League, but Brendan Rodgers has been left frustrated by the side’s inability to defend as he would like.
In Balague’s eyes the answer is simple; the midfield needs to work harder defensively to protect the back four when the Reds don’t have the ball.
“The fans are proud, Anfield has become a fortress beating the richest clubs and creating fear of its front three; Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez,” writes Balague.
“They lack the balance in Europe needed to hurt – the midfield shows a lack of balance and is not as effective in terms of defensive work.”
Bear in mind Liverpool have missed Lucas, the player who made that holding midfield position his won over the first half of the season before he picked up a problem, which prompted Steven Gerrard to play in a deeper position.
The comments aren’t also a knock against Liverpool’s work rate in the middle of the pitch, just the idea that Liverpool lack defensive balance because they don’t have an overabundance of defensive midfield players, especially when Lucas isn’t playing.
In fact he’s been rather complimentary of the work rated showed by Rodgers’ side, branding them ‘animals’ when they don’t have possession in the middle.
Balague has compared Rodgers’ side to Atletico Madrid in La Liga; a team that turns up and spoils the party against the traditional sides competing for the title each and every season.
“There is a sense that this is the perfect year for Liverpool – as Atletico Madrid, they are not expected at the party,” he adds.
It could well be sides looking to turn and spoil Liverpool’s chances of retaining a title next season.