BBC pundit Alan Shearer has reassured Liverpool players scared of heading a ball that it does not actually hurt.
Liverpool were exposed twice by Watford in Saturday’s 3-3 draw, leading Daniel Storey to make their set-piece defending the early loser of the weekend.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp admitted: “They didn’t create too much with the ball but of course they scored two goals and in a specific situation where everyone will say, ‘Oh, it was a set-piece’,” Klopp said.
“We defended most of them really well, but at the end is it enough if we concede one goal? No. We have to work on it.”
Match of the Day pundit Shearer was scathing in his assessment, saying:
“Time after time after time last season we sat here and said how poor Liverpool are at defending set pieces.
“I don’t know what they have been doing during pre-season, but they certainly have not been working on it.
“The same things happen again.
“When you play zonal marking, you have to have players who are willing to attack the ball and head the ball.
“And Liverpool haven’t, that is quite clear. Quite clear completely.
“You have four guys who don’t want to head it – and can’t head it.
“It was exactly the same, it’s schoolboy stuff. They are all over the place.
“It does not hurt, I promise, it’s a simple header, you have to deal with those things.
“They desperately need leaders in there, someone to organise, zonal marking is clearly not working for them.”