Liverpool may have a new-look side with a number of signings made in the summer transfer window, but they have familiar problems at the back.
In five matches in the league so far this season, Liverpool have conceded eight goals and have a goal difference of -1. Sunderland, who are just above the relegation zone at the moment, have conceded six, while second-place Southampton – who lost Dejan Lovren to the Reds – have shipped only three.
It is clear to one and all that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers needs to work on his side’s defence, but exactly which area does he need to improve the most? According to former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, it is the set-piece.
'Opposition teams are sensing the fear and set-pieces in particular are now a phobia for Rodgers’ men', he wrote in the Daily Mail.
'That is something you would expect to be fixed on the training ground, but you can overdo it. If you focus too much on weaknesses you can become very conscious of them and start to think more about what you can’t do than what you can.
'The Liverpool defence look gripped by fear at every corner and free-kick. Since the start of last season they have let in more goals from set-pieces than City or Chelsea. They must improve'.
Redknapp does make a valid point, and something that Liverpool boss Rodgers should heed going forward.
In 2014, Liverpool have conceded 35 goals in the league and have kept just six clean sheets. While last season the Merseyside outfit could away with a leaky defence because of the goals from Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, this term it will not prove to be so.
Suarez has left, while Sturridge is out injured at the moment. If Liverpool’s defending does not improve, then they could face a huge struggle in finishing in the top four of the Premier League.