Le Tissier names three Liverpool players who are not good enough

Matt Le Tissier answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Liverpool take on Southampton this weekend.

Matt Le Tissier answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Matt Le Tissier has told SkySports that Liverpool need a defensive overhaul as three of their backline 'are not up to it'.

Liverpool take on Le Tissier's former side Southampton at the weekend, with Virgil van Dijk set to face the Saints for the first time since his big money move to Anfield.

Le Tissier believes Van Dijk will be a success at Liverpool, but he needs better players around him.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2018 in Liverpool,...

In addition expressing their need for a new goalkeeper, the pundit picked out three defenders who he feels are not good enough.

Le Tissier said: "I think if Liverpool have realistic ambitions of the title then I think they need a better centre-back partner and goalkeeper.

"Joe Gomez has the potential to be a top defender but Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan don't look up to it."

Speaking specifically regarding former Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren, Le Tissier added: "Lovren has escaped a bit of criticism for his error which led to Kane's first penalty because of the controversy."

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on December 10, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool spent £20 million to sign Lovren in 2014, a move as acrimonious as Van Dijk's.

He has struggled to match expectations and at times looks bereft of confidence.

Lovren has until the end of the season to try and establish a partnership with Van Dijk, and if he cannot then next summer he could well be replaced by another new addition.

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