Alan Shearer takes a pop at Liverpool's centre-backs Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren

Liverpool were poor in their recent 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says Liverpool’s centre-back duo of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren would never have scared him during his playing days, The Sun reports.

Liverpool’s inconsistent season continued at the weekend as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United, leaving them six points adrift of the top four.

While much has been said about their lack of creativity in the final third, the Reds’ defence hasn’t been much better as they’ve shipped seven goals in their last four away games.

Both Lovren and Sakho have been too much of a soft touch for opposition strikers and Shearer says that particular partnership certainly wouldn’t have put fear into him during his playing days.

“Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho are not a centre-back pairing that would ever have scared me as a striker,” the former striker commented to The Sun.

“And Simon Mignolet is not a 'keeper that is going to earn you 10 points a season either, in the way David de Gea does. So there really is yet another rebuilding job needed at Anfield.”

Liverpool under the Rafa Benitez years were extremely resilient at the back and for four successive seasons the most they conceded in a single league campaign was 28 goals.

At the halfway stage this season the Reds have already shipped 24, with 11 of those coming at Anfield.

Martin Skrtel’s absence is a big blow for Jurgen Klopp, yet even with the Slovakian at full fitness it’s a world away from the Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia days of ten years ago.

A massive overhaul is needed at Anfield and a clear change of tact in the recruitment policy too.

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