Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has slammed Liverpool's defensive abilities following their 3-3 draw against Sevilla on Tuesday, claiming that the team doesn't "know how to defend" before suggesting two players that Jurgen Klopp could turn to.
It was a frustrating night for the Reds. After heading into half time 3-0 up, Liverpool bottled their lead and let their Spanish opposition come away with a draw.
And after the game, Ferdinand spoke on BT Sport, discussing where it all went wrong for the Merseyside outfit:
“I think every goal there could have been prevented,” Ferdinand said.
“The penalty from (Alberto) Moreno, the free-kick from Moreno and (Ragnar) Klavan’s header, he could have headed it out in a different direction - he headed it down into the box where the bodies were.
“I just feel this Liverpool team at the moment don’t know how to defend.
“They weren’t playing the way they were in the first half.
“You have got to be able to sit back and say let’s soak up the pressure and defend as a team. They weren’t able to do that.”
Despite all of this, the former England international chose to look to the positives ahead of Liverpool's upcoming home game against Chelsea at the weekend - and suggested that Klopp might want to switch up his defensive players:
“This is a crucial time now,” Ferdinand continued.
“The couple of days before the weekend is down to the management to really galvanise the team and lift the squad up.
“They have to try and take some positives from this, in terms of their attacking football.
“They’re better when they play on the front-foot but the best sides can mix and match.”
“They’ve got Gomez there. Alexander-Arnold, put him in too. They’re not going to do any worse than what they have at the moment.”