Former Anfield great Jamie Carragher was frustrated after Liverpool's loss to West Ham on Saturday, lamenting the club's continuing defensive problems.
Many felt those defensive frailties cost the club in the title race with Manchester City, with both clubs exhibiting superb attacking form but the eventual winners much more successful at stopping their opponents from scoring than Brendan Rodgers' men.
It saw the club make significant defensive additions over the summer, with Spanish fullbacks Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno arriving from La Liga and Southampton's Croatian centre back Dejan Lovren making a big money move to slot in alongside Martin Srktel.
After losing Suarez Lfc were never going to score 100 goals + this season so had to be better defensively, they actually look worse now.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 20, 2014
But Liverpool have already suffered 3 defeats in less than half a dozen Premier League games, half of their total losses from the 2013-14 season.
Though it is early days yet, the Reds have also been unable to maintain the outstanding attacking force that saw them so successful last year, though this is unsurprising given Luis Suarez's departure and Daniel Sturridge's injury.
The 3-1 defeat to West Ham left Liverpool in 10th place in this embryonic Premier League table, and alarmingly for a defensive stalwart like Carragher, the fact that Liverpool currently possess the joint fourth highest amount of goals conceded seems to indicate that Rodgers may have to work just as hard at finding a settled and resolute back four as ensuring the Reds can continue to offer a significant offensive threat.