Didi Hamann believes that Liverpool must start proving they can grind out results and keep clean-sheets if they are to be a success.
Former Liverpool great Didi Hamann believes that the club must improve in two key areas if they are to meet expectations this season.
The bar has been raised for the Reds after they finished as runners-up last year, but their early season form has been very concerning and doubts are starting to emerge about whether or not they are genuine top four contenders this time around.
Liverpool have already lost three games this season and Hamann believes that if his former team are to get back into the Champions League then they will need to start showing more ability to defend.
He said to the Daily Express: "They need to get on with it and learn to grind out results. They need to keep more clean sheets too."
Liverpool brought in the likes of Javier Manquillo, Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovren to try and improve their team in defensive situations, but they have had little impact so far.
A porous back-line stopped Brendan Rodgers winning the title last campaign and it is threatening to damage their campaign once again this time around.
Also worrying is the fact that their attacking threat seems to have diminished somewhat. Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona was a major blow to the Merseyside outfit and their attempts to overcome this problem haven't been helped by the absence of Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge picked up an injury on international duty with England and has been ruled out since, with the Reds losing to Aston Villa and West Ham United since his absence.
The good news is that Sturridge's return is imminent and Hamann believes this should help Liverpool to some extent.
"Daniel [Sturridge] is a huge miss - he scored 20 odd goals last season despite missing a few games," Hamann said. "His pace and trickery is solely missed."