John Aldridge says Liverpool are lacking leadership all over the pitch

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The Liverpool legend is worried about the lack of leaders after they threw away a two-goal lead at the weekend.

Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes the club are suffering from a lack of leadership on the field and feels it's one of the reasons why the side surrendered a two-goal lead to Sunderland at the weekend. 

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana seemed to set Liverpool on their way to three points against the Black Cats before a howler from Simon Mignolet allowed Adam Johnson's free-kick to squirm home before a late equaliser from Jermain Defoe.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Aldridge wrote: "It seems obvious to say, but we are missing a Gerrard or Carragher on that pitch at the moment. It showed against Sunderland – especially with the manager laid up in hospital.

"The players are working hard for Klopp and for the fans, but the mindset just isn't right.

"Hypothetical I know but if Gerrard or Carra were playing, we would see games out more often. I'm not knocking Henderson because he's a young lad and tries his best, but there is a leadership issue all over the pitch.

"The mentality within the team is not strong. We are used to having leaders all over the pitch but looking at the team, when you need a player to shut up shop like Carra would do, we are lacking.

"At 2-0 up, Moreno is still going forward. We need someone grabbing the full backs and telling them to sit there and hold their position because we've done our job. Don't go looking for a 3-0 or 4-0 win, just take the two goals."

Certainly, there have been times when players have not wanted to take the game by the scruff of the neck, some players won't really talk and try and get through them.

Leadership at the back has been something that has been lacking for a while as Liverpool continue to concede goals while a lack of bite from midfield rarely lifts the side or fans. Part of the problem is the distinct lack of older heads around the club as well as a lack of quality on the field.

This Liverpool side currently seems to lack experience at seeing games out, it's as if they need to be at their best all of the time to get a regulation win otherwise they can't guide themselves home.

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