Jerzy Dudek highlights where things have gone wrong at Liverpool

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Jerzy Dudek, Liverpool's Champions League hero from 2005, believes there are issues on and off the field for his former employers to address.

Jerzy Dudek helped Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, with his penalty save to deny Andriy Shevchenko completing a remarkable fight back from the Reds on an unforgettable night in Istanbul.

Nine years on and the Anfield outfit have been back in Europe’s premier club competition, only to see their involvement cut short by a disappointing exit at the group stage.

Given how hard they worked in 2013/14 to force their way into the top four, with the Premier League title falling agonisingly out of reach, the Merseyside outfit would have been hoping to fare considerably better on the grandest of stages.

There are, however, a number of issues still to be addressed by Brendan Rodgers.

That is an opinion shared by Dudek, with the Polish goalkeeper pointing out that key men sold over the summer have not been suitably replaced and that Liverpool currently lack the intensity which served them so well last term.

He told a UEFA Europa League Q&A on Facebook: “It is hard because there is too much difference from last season.

“They miss Luis Suarez a lot; they're not pressing enough. High expectations have made things very difficult for them, plus injuries and new players.”

Liverpool saw their season hit a new low on Sunday, with a 3-0 defeat suffered at the hands of arch-rivals Manchester United.

Scoring goals is proving to be a problem in the wake of Suarez’s departure and an untimely injury to Daniel Sturridge, with Mario Balotelli yet to open his Premier League account.

The Reds are also struggling to keep opponents out, with the days in which they could rely on consistent showings from the likes of Dudek, Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia now a fading memory – much to the concern of all of those connected with the club.

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