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right side John Aldridge identifies the one area of the Liverpool team that needs to be fixed


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his side have rediscovered their best form (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his side have rediscovered their best form (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp knows his side have rediscovered their best form (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool have confirmed they are Premier League title contenders once again after an encouraging start to the season, but former Reds striker John Aldridge believes one area of Jurgen Klopp's side is in need to repair.

While the goals have been flowing for Liverpool this season and Mohamed Salah has cemented his status as one of the world's best players in the opening two months of the campaign, Klopp's team has also been leaking goals at a worrying rate.

Brentford fired three goals past Liverpool, while AC Milan and Manchester City breached a defence that includes the fit-again Virgil van Dijk on two occasions.

Now Aldridge has told the Sunday World that the right side of the Liverpool defence marshalled by Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner in his absence is being targeted by the opposition.

"Klopp will be spending this international break pondering how to solve the one big issue in his team," suggests Aldridge.

"The opposition has been targeting the right side of Liverpool's defence and they have been getting too much joy from that tactic.

"AC Milan scored a couple of goals attacking that side of the Liverpool back four and the same happened with Brentford and then Manchester City last weekend.

"James Milner filled in for Trent against Manchester City in the last round of matches and did a decent job, but I wonder whether Klopp needs to look at tweaking his tactics to offer a little more protection on that side.

"This is not a criticism of Trent as he is a fantastic footballer, but maybe Klopp needs to look at the balance in his team to get the defensive side a little more stable."

Aldridge fears Liverpool may not get over the finishing line in a highly competitive Premier League title race, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all eyeing a push for the top spot after some big summer spending.

"I think Liverpool might come up short in the title race unless they find a way to steady the ship at the back, as they look vulnerable defensively," he added.

"At the start of the season, a lot of experts were predicting the title race would be between Manchester City and Chelsea, but Liverpool have already banished that notion.

"Klopp has a side capable of lifting the Premier League trophy once again, but they need to sort out their defensive problems to reach that goal."

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