Sam Allardyce has revealed that he does not see Liverpool as potential title winners due to their poor defense.
The Reds are stacked in attack, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, new signing Mohamed Salah hitting the ground running, while Daniel Sturridge remains an option, and wantaway star Philippe Coutinho has returned to the fold. Adam Lallana is also nursing an injury, and will be an important player once he returns.
At the back, however, is where the concern lies. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are decent options to have, but they are short in other departments. Ragnar Klavan is average at best, Nathaniel Clyne has been excluded from the side’s Champions League squad, as his current back injury is expected to keep him out for a majority of the season, and Alberto Moreno is simply too error-prone.
Even though the Reds managed to keep two clean sheets in their first three games, Allardyce believes that their lack of solidity at the back will ultimately see them miss out on the title yet again.
He told talkSPORT: “My only concern about Jurgen Klopp’s side is, defensively, are they sound enough to win the Premier League? Certainly from a possession, attacking and flair point of view, they have got it all. They have got goals and great energy. But set-pieces against seem to be a big problem for them.
“No matter how well they play against the opposition they switch off on a set-piece and that could end up costing them a lot of points. The game is played two ways: one is played in possession and one is played out of it. You have got to be masters of both of those if you are going to win the Premier League.
“The Premier League is generally won – certainly over the last ten, fifteen years – by the team with the best defensive record.”
However, the former England boss does believe that Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United have got the manpower to win their 21st League title this year.
Jose Mourinho has worked hard to bring in new quality players this summer, and the improvement has been evident, with 10 goals scored and none conceded in their first three games so far. Allardyce believes that Mourinho’s know-how will be a crucial factor in the club’s bid to win their first title since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Allardyce added: “Jose has done it before and he has done it many different countries. He knows how to do it. He knows when and where to change his tactics, to change how the team plays. You have seem it many times.
“He started the process of being a Jose team last year when they were a whisker away from being a lot better than they finished. There were too many draws and not enough wins and it looks like he has cured their problem – they didn’t score enough goals and their goal record and attack is far better now.”
Manchester United fan, Wayne Rooney is his role model. Passionate writer who has written for several sites in the past. He’s also an aspiring pianist and creates background music for BlameFootball’s Youtube channel.