Sam Allardyce says Liverpool’s defensive weaknesses will prevent them from winning the Premier League title this season.
The Reds have started the campaign in fine form, winning two of their three matches, and thrashing Arsenal 4-0 before the international break.,
But their first game saw them draw 3-3 with Watford, with the Hornets scoring two goals from set-pieces.
Allardyce believes that weakness will see the Reds miss out on the title, while current leaders Manchester United are in far better stead to claim the crown.
“My only concern about Jurgen Klopp’s side is, defensively, are they sound enough to win the Premier League?” he asked talkSPORT.
“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, 15 years – by the team with the best defensive record.
“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.”