'Just not good enough' - Redknapp lays into Liverpool's defence

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Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp says his old side's defence needs to do more to make the job of the attack easier.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has slammed his old club following the frustrating draw against Hull City over the weekend.

The Reds were held to a 0-0 score line by the Tigers, which has left Redknapp fuming over an aspect of Liverpool’s defensive play.

“The only good thing you could talk about at Anfield on Saturday was Liverpool keeping a clean sheet. It was their second at home in seventh months. For a team with title aspirations, that’s just not good enough,” wrote Redknapp for the Daily Mail.

It’s a simple assessment and a logical suggestion to make; more clean sheets means a greater chance for the Reds to take points in tight games.

The talent in Liverpool’s attack is well publicised and their job will be made easier once the defence starts taking a little bit of the pressure off.

Redknapp has also suggested that a tougher and more resilient defence will make under fire Mario Balotelli’s job easier, as he goes looking to kick-start the form Reds fans would have been hoping for from his £16 million summer move.

“There has been a lot of recent focus on the strikers and Mario Balotelli in particular for not scoring, but they really have to go back to basics in terms of not conceding goals. That is the foundation of any good side and once that stability is in place, maybe then Balotelli might get firing.”

One of the problems Brendan Rodgers has had in relation to his defence is that he’s had key players missing through injury.

John Flanagan, a key part of the back four last season, is still in the treatment room while Glen Johnson missed the start of the season and has only recently come back into the team.

Add to the mix the fact that new signings in defence have taken time to settle in and it’s been an uncertain and unstable period for the Liverpool defence.

They now have something to build on and if they can keep another clean sheet against Swansea in the League Cup and then against Newcastle in the league next weekend, it’ll be a case of; back to you strikers.

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