Liverpool: Jason McAteer Identifies Major Weakness Jurgen Klopp Must Address

McAteer believes mental fragility has long held Liverpool back

Liverpool legend Jason McAteer believes Jurgen Klopp must address his team’s defensive frailties if he wants to win the English Premier League for the first time.

McAteer, who played for Liverpool between 1995 and 1999, told Newsweek that the same mental weakness that hurt Liverpool’s title chances in his era now risks torpedoing the club’s current Premier League challenge.

“There was a frailness about us at the back in games. They (Liverpool) are still getting criticized now for games they should win,” McAteer said. “Last season they lost to Watford, dropped points at West Ham, Sunderland. For me, beating Manchester United wasn’t a problem. For Klopp it wasn’t, Brendan it wasn’t. Liverpool’s problem, everyone thinks it is four or five (years old) but it was our problem too.

“It’s something I think Klopp is going to address, they will get it right and they will be real challengers. But we had this problem of not getting over the line against the lesser teams in the division.”

Liverpool defeated Watford 6-1 at Anfield on Sunday to move a point clear of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. But Klopp’s side has conceded the most goals of any side in the league’s top seven, and has kept just one Premier League clean sheet all season, against Manchester United on October 17.

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