Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has hit out at Liverpool’s back-four for ‘not cutting it.’
Liverpool’s defensive frailties so far this season have been widely documented, with the Reds having already suffered collapses against the likes of Watford, Manchester City and Sevilla, while further mistakes almost proved costly once again in a 3-2 victory over Leicester City yesterday.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has been slammed for having not prioritised the signing of a defensive leader during the summer transfer window, as he instead opted for last-minute attacking reinforcements in the form of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal.
His side’s chase of Southampton star man Virgil Van Dijk was one of the talking points of the summer, though the Merseysiders in the end failed in their attempts to lure the Dutchman to Anfield.
The signing of Van Dijk would have proved crucial to Liverpool’s chances this season, according to Rio Ferdinand, who opened up on the struggles of his former rivals on BT Sport yesterday evening:
‘I think Virgil van Dijk would have improved this team no end.’
‘He would have been that dominant centre-half and I think that alongside Matip that would have been a good partnership.’
‘Not good enough’
Ferdinand also singled out Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno for particular criticism, suggesting that Liverpool will continue to come unstuck defensively with these two in their side:
‘I think (Dejan) Lovren’s not good enough, he’s shown over a period of time that he makes too many mistakes. ‘
‘(Alberto) Moreno defensively is not good enough.’
‘Going forward he is a delight to watch but defensively where you want him to be good first and foremost as a defender, he doesn’t do the job, he doesn’t quite cut it.’
‘So if you’ve got two out of your back four not cutting it, you’re going to come unstuck.’