Kevin Keegan says a lot of Premier League teams struggle defensively – not just Liverpool

Kevin Keegan says a lot of Premier League teams struggle defensively – not just Liverpool

Liverpool are not the only side who struggle defensively, according to Kevin Keegan.

The Reds have struggled for consistency in the early stages of the Premier League season, with Jurgen Klopp’s team having been especially vulnerable defensively.

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However, Keegan believes that such a problem isn’t just specific to Liverpool, with other title contenders, he claims, also not being especially resolute at the back.

As reported by goal, Keegan, who played for Liverpool between 1971 and 1977, said: “There are a lot of teams in the Premier League struggling in defence. All the rules have been changed to suit attackers – yellow cards, red cards.

“It’s no fun being a defender. If a defender misses three tackles he’s off so it’s no wonder they are cautious.

“I don’t think Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea are great defensively. It’s not just a Liverpool problem.

“Nowadays everything is built for teams to go forward, which is great. Who shows highlights of defending?

“Yes they are conceding goals and they say it’s a bit like my (Newcastle) team, but at Liverpool fans want to see a good game of football and they want the team to have a go.”

Liverpool’s defensive problems pre-date manager Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at the club but they have been especially apparent this season, with the Reds having conceded 12 times in the Premier League – more than any of the other main title contenders.

Manchester City, who are top of the table, have let in just two goals, as have Manchester United. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal have conceded five, six and eight times respectively.

While Liverpool’s defensive issues persist they are a major threat going forwards and have scored 13 goals in the league this season, with only City, United and Tottenham having found the net on more occasions.

Liverpool have averaged 31 defensive actions per game in the Premier League this season