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Stephane Henchoz talks up one of Liverpool's main problems

Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz says the club have failed to replace Jamie Carragher.

Ex-Liverpool defender Henchoz believes that Liverpool are suffering at the back because they have not replaced the leadership of retired club legend Jamie Carragher.

The Swiss, who made 135 appearances for the Reds between 1999-05, told talkSPORT that they will continue to concede goals until they find a natural defensive leader.

Brendan Rodgers invested significantly in his back line over the summer bringing in Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno, and Henchoz is concerned that there is no one leading and guiding the new recruits.

He said: "One of the main problems as a back four is that they have two new guys playing at full-back, along with Lovren.

“Skrtel is the only one who has some experience at Liverpool. They don’t have a natural leader.

“Since Jamie Carragher retired, they haven’t had that natural leader at the back. It’s a problem.”

Going by last season's high standards, Liverpool's start to the new Premier League campaign has been very poor. In six games they have lost three, drawn one and won only two, leaving them rooted in fourteenth place with seven points and a negative one goal difference.

Last season Liverpool conceded 50 goals, which was the mos out of all the clubs who eventually finished in the top five. Fortunately for them they have the phenomenal partnership of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez upfront, who were scoring considerably more than the defence were conceding.

Now Suarez is no longer a the club and Sturridge is out injured they can no longer rely on their ability to outscore opponents, so if Liverpool want any hope of finishing in the top four again this time round their defence must improve quickly.

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