These two Liverpool players are on borrowed time and here’s why – fan opinion


first_img1 Martin Skrtel should be fearful for his future Liverpool fan Brian Reece voices his opinion on the state of the Reds following a topsy turvy week…Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat against Southampton accurately portrayed the Reds’ season in 90 conflicting minutes at St Mary’s.It showed the brilliant, intelligent, creative and focused unit they can be, but the second half display also showed the lack of defensive ability, naivety and the lack of squad quality in strength and depth.Liverpool have the uncanny ability to accomplish defeat when victory seems certain.The introduction of Martin Skrtel at the start of the second half was an error of judgement manager Jurgen Klopp will lose sleep over for the rest of the season because, when the substitution was made, he probably didn’t envisage the player becoming the opposition’s most influential player.But Skrtel was just the player Southampton were craving and after his calamitous display, you really do fear for the defender’s future.Another player who hasn’t covered himself in glory this season is Christian Benteke, who also should be fearful for his Liverpool future given his inefficient, fruitless, wasteful and uninspiring performances.Both Skrtel and Benteke are not alone when it comes to criticism. Liverpool fans are frustrated with the quality of the current squad and players such as Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno and Joe Allen have all been at the forefront of the fans’ exasperation.But it’s the lack of quality additions to enrich the squad since Luis Suarez’s sale which is of most irritation. Previous manager Brendan Rodgers never fully overhauled the Reds’ defence and Liverpool’s failure to rectify the back line, which is mediocre at best, has come back to haunt them.Basic defensive errors consistently cost Liverpool points, the inability to defend set plays and the continued devotion to zonal marking makes playing the team a relatively favourable proposition.In balance, Klopp has inherited the current squad and in the summer he must be given the authority to make his own widespread changes. Upon his arrival, the German promised to bring the league title to Anfield in his opening press conference, a statement which can only be described as bold at the very least.Liverpool need a competent, well organised and strong defence, with a midfield that promotes speed, movement, passing diversity and drive.If Klopp can achieve that in the summer transfer window, then Liverpool may just fulfil his statement.last_img read more