Alan Shearer sticks by his assessement of Liverpool's defence.
Alan Shearer has gone from a once monotone pundit to an opinionated one, unafraid to ruffle a few feathers.
On Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night, Shearer was critical of Liverpool's defending at the weekend, conceding two goals in a draw with West Ham, seven days after their 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth.
Liverpool's Joel Matip heads the ball against the crossbar
Shearer criticised Liverpool's entire defence, which led to some blowback from Reds fans who felt he was doing summer signing Joel Matip in particular an injustice.
In response to a comment from Telegraph Merseyside reporter Chris Bascombe, Shearer was criticised as a 'poor pundit by a Liverpool supporter, a comment the former Premier League golden boot winner did not let slide.
Shearer bit back, doubling down on his comments and refusing to be swayed, arguing that he felt Matip could not be absolved of blame.
If they have been so good why do you have such a poor defensive record? https://t.co/KRGuxwTULL— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 12, 2016
I said he was poor yesterday as was Lovren as was your goalkeeper. https://t.co/IQ3xH8tWZ8— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 12, 2016
Liverpool have just one point from their last two matches, and have fallen behind rampant league leaders Chelsea, who kept a clean sheet in their weekend win over West Brom.
The Reds are down to third place having been first a fortnight ago, with their 20 goals conceded being far lower than Chelsea's 11.