Former Liverpool captain Paul Ince has claimed that Liverpool’s defence is unfairly criticised when you consider the attack is missing so many chances.
In our past six matches, we’ve had 121 shots, but scored just six goals and won just once – an absolutely damning statistic.
Against Spartak Moscow on Tuesday, it was especially obvious. The defence actually had quite a solid game, with the goal conceded a free-kick from a long way out that Loris Karius should have saved.
Going forward, we carved out tens of gilt-edged chances, but the finishing skills of Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah especially left plenty to be desired.
The same can be said about our draws with Burnley and Sevilla this month, too.
“Everyone is banging on about Liverpool’s defence. It seems to be the topic of the moment,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“But what people seem to forget is that is that in most games they have loads of chances – and good, clear-cut chances – which they aren’t putting away.
“If they’d have taken a few more of those chances this season – including against Spartak in the Champions League where they drew 1-1 – the game would’ve finished three or 4-0. And if they’d been better in front of goal, no one would be moaning about their defence.
“There’s got to be more onus on those forward players for not getting the ball in the net and being more clinical.
“They’re getting away with it and avoiding the criticism, even though it’s those players at fault for missing golden chances.
“But while everyone bangs on about the defence, the heat is taken off them, and I feel for Klopp, because he can’t put the ball in the back of the net for them.”
Liverpool still score plenty of goals, but this month our inability to be clinical in front of goal has cost us.
We’re hopeful that when we start scoring, confidence will be restored and we’ll get the rub of the green, too.
A lot of the issues since our return from the international break have been down to bad luck.