Liverpool’s defence will be key to any potential title challenge

Mohamed Salah is the latest addition to one of England’s most dangerous attacks and the Egypt international has already proved his worth with a goal in his second Premier League debut.

When Liverpool last competed for the title, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge spearheaded the league’s second most dangerous attack and scored a combined 52 goals.

The club’s ability to score goals will be a key factor to any potential title challenge this season, but the opening draw against Watford showed that Liverpool’s defence will prevent any serious attempts to bring the Premier League title to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side conceded three soft goals on the opening weekend, two from corner kicks and another a tap-in caused by an awful attempted clearance. All three of Liverpool’s goals came from their extremely talented front three but their back four cost the team two points.

Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are certainly not elite centre-backs and Nathaniel Clyne and Andrew Robertson’s injuries have thrust youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alberto Moreno into the starting XI.

Alexander-Arnold made his case for playing time in the club’s first Champions League qualification leg against Hoffenheim with a wonderful free kick goal but showed his inexperience by allowing Mark Uth to pull one back for the hosts.

Dejan Lovren continued to show against the Germans that he doesn’t have the quality needed to play for a club like Liverpool and the Reds should be thanking Andrej Kramaric for his dreadful penalty, otherwise they’d only be taking a 2-2 draw back to Anfield next week.

If Liverpool can’t defend well against clubs like Watford and Hoffenheim, how will they be able to compete against Chelsea or Manchester City?

This weekend’s meeting with Crystal Palace should give the defence a chance to find some confidence, as the Eagles failed to score at home against newly promoted Huddersfield Town. Christian Benteke, who scored both goals in Palace’s 2-1 victory at Anfield last season, will be looking to terrorise his old club, too, so this is a big game already for the Reds.

After Palace, Klopp’s boys take on Arsenal and Man City, so getting these defensive jitters ironed out will have to come sooner rather than later, otherwise their title challenge will be over before it really gets started.