Danny Murphy outlines his biggest worry for Liverpool

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The Reds have yet to secure a win under Jurgen Klopp.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has identified the defending of set-pieces as the biggest issue the Reds currently face.

Jurgen Klopp’s arrival has brought about a high-intensity, pressing style of play which as yet hasn’t yielded the desired results, with the Reds proving difficult to beat but not yet clicking into gear in an attacking sense.

Southampton's visit yesterday saw Klopp denied his first win as Liverpool manager, with a late Sadio Mane goal ensuring the spoils were shared at Anfield.

“Liverpool were a bit predictable and didn’t play brilliantly but what worried me were the set plays,” said Murphy on 'Match of the Day 2', aired on BBC Two at 10pm last night.

“Southampton do have good delivery and some big boys but nearly every set play, they got the first head on the ball.

“They had non-stop problems from set-plays all afternoon… It’s zonal marking from Liverpool, which some players don’t like.

“It’s been an on-going problem at Anfield - the defensive problems from set-plays - and it’s something Jurgen Klopp will have to address,” he added.

Klopp has made a solid, if unspectacular, start to life on Merseyside but the signs of his long-term plan are already appearing.

The loss of Danny Ings and the ongoing fitness concerns of Daniel Sturridge has been a big blow to Liverpool’s attacking options and it remains to be seen whether Klopp will be able to produce the kind of football fans expect with just Christian Benteke and Divock Origi at his disposal.

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