The one trend that will worry Liverpool at this stage of the season

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Late goals have occurred a lot against Liverpool recently.

Liverpool's start to the season has been well documented. Seven points from their first six games of the Premier League season isn't a great return as the Reds have struggled in the early stages of the season.

Defence was clearly an issue for the side at the start of the campaign, and they have spent a lot of money, and seemingly a lot of time trying to get their defence right. In their game against Everton on Saturday, you could argue they put in their best defensive performance for the best part of a year.

However, they conceded a late goal. You could say 99% of the time that Phil Jagielka doesn't find the net with his terrific strike in stoppage time. But there have been other times when Liverpool have conceded late goals.

So far this season, late goals have been conceded against Ludogorets, West Ham United, Middlesbrough and Everton. It's not the sign of a team doing well, and the side has surely taken knocks in confidence as a result. It has highlighted areas for Liverpool to work on. 

But if we add together all the points, or time and effort that has been taken out of the side because of these errors, they could prove to be costly come the end of the season. They got away with it on the first day of the season when Southampton almost left Anfield with a point after Morgan Schneiderlin hit the bar late on - but the Reds ended up winning the game 2-1.

This is a symptom of Liverpool's play that you could trace back towards the end of last season, a late goal against Norwich City which set up a nervy finish in a 3-2 win, Chelsea's smash and grab win at Anfield last season saw Willian round off the scoring in stoppage time, and the late fightback from Crystal Palace - the 3-3 draw that left Liverpool's title challenge in tatters going into the final game of the season.

It's the sign of nerves, it's a sign of a lack of confidence and it's an unwelcome habit. Goals like Phil Jagielka's happen, but it is continuing an disappointing trend that started of towards the end of last season and seems to be continuing this term.

The side needs to start seeing out games and grinding out results and clean sheets. Then the confidence will soon return as the Reds look to improve on their stuttering start to this season's campaign.

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