Liverpool’s defensive frailties have been heavily criticised throughout the season, and Wednesday night was no exception following the team’s poor display against Southampton.
Jurgen Klopp’s side trail 1-0 in the EFL Cup semi-final after losing to the Saints at St Mary’s.
Only Nathan Redmond’s goal separates the two sides, but Claude Puel’s team should have ended the game with a bigger margin.
The Saints will hope that they do not rue their missed opportunities when they travel to Anfield for the second leg in two weeks’ time.
For Liverpool, though, they struggled to impose their game at St Mary’s, mustering just two shots on target, while their defence lacked authority.
Ragnar Klavan was at fault for the first goal as he miss-kicked a clearance, which allowed Jay Rodriguez to go through and tee the ball up for scorer Redmond.
Dejan Lovren also had a shaky performance upon his return to his former club, while the team as a whole struggled when they dropped back to defend.
The Merseyside outfit were also frustrated trying to break down Southampton’s organised shape.
The problems on the pitch did not go unnoticed by fans, who ripped into the team on Twitter.
Klopp still saying no problem I think there are major problems with the team Mr.Klopp, 1stly lack of pace, defence gone again and #lfc
— Ahmet Gocer (@AhmetGocer2) January 11, 2017
We've got to be the worst team when it comes attacking a organised defence. Just got no clue how to break teams down. ????????⚽???? #LFC
— Todd (@Toddlfc) January 11, 2017
Klavan should not be playing for #lfc our defence is terrible actually.
— Paul Walsh (@pauliejwalsh) January 11, 2017
Another game where we’ve struggled to break down a deep lying defence. Mostly coz of a slow midfield. #LFC
— And Could He Play (@andcouldheplay7) January 11, 2017
Easy to play us at the min sit back defend bcos we can't break you down then counter attack our defence not ???? science is it #lfc
— AndCouldHePlay (@Maj75red) January 11, 2017
— Syed Talha Nisar (@Its_Talhaaa) January 11, 2017
Feels like all anyone has to do to beat us atm is park the bus and wait for our defence to make a mistake, very frustrating #LFC
— Fraser Gibson (@SkepticalGinge) January 11, 2017
— Dave Firth (@fuse7777) January 11, 2017
One of the worst performance's in a long long time. Worse than the Burnley & Bournemouth games. Defence,attack,midfield…Nothing there #LFC
— Kop with Klopp (@TheRedOpinion) January 11, 2017
— Priya Rajani (@PriyaRajani) January 11, 2017
Our defence has failed us so bad today…I cant even…#LFC
— Mahak Mannan (@MahakLFC) January 11, 2017
— SwaggerKlopp (@LiverpoolTruly) January 11, 2017
— Arjun Mohan Spolia (@arjunspolia) January 11, 2017