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Jurgen Klopp can't solve Liverpool's defensive woes - Phil Neville

Former Manchester legend-turned-pundit Phil Neville believes that Jurgen Klopp has a major problem on his hands after having leaked goals in the opening stages of the Premier League campaign.


The Reds have looked sloppy at the back this term, and this saw them drop points in the curtain-raiser against Watford.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville does not feel Klopp has a solution to his defensive issues, he said: "Both Liverpool and Everton have had their problems, but they showed great character to record victories at the weekend to take the pressure of Jurgen Klopp and Ronald Koeman. Liverpool's defensive struggle is something we've been talking about for 12 months, so I don't know how they can rectify that with their current personnel. But what I would say is that they showed a lot of courage to beat Leicester and, while they'll always concede, they've probably got a forward line to match anybody when they get Sadio Mane back."

Liverpool ended their four-winless streak in September on Saturday after they scrapped a 3-2 victory over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes nearly levelled things up in the second-half, but Simon Mignolet made an excellent penalty save off Jamie Vardy to hand the Reds a much-needed win.

The Merseyside giants will now shift their attention to Champions League football where they make a 2000-mile trip to Russia to take on Spartak Moscow. Klopp's men dropped two points in the 2-2 draw against Sevilla in the opening group stage game, and they will be hoping to clinch a win over Spartak to encourage their chances of progressing into the knockouts.

Meanwhile, Klopp will also hope for an improvement in the club's defensive record when they visit St.James Park to face Newcastle United this weekend. The Reds have already leaked 11 goals in the top-flight, and only four clubs have conceded more goals after six games into the season.