Jamie Redknapp: Liverpool defence is "gripped with fear"

Jamie Redknapp at the HMV Football Extravaganza in London on February 3, 2009
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Ex-Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp slams the side's inability to defend this season.

Former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp has slammed the side's inability to defend set pieces this season.

The Reds have lost three of their first five games this season, and were beaten 3-1 by West Ham United on Saturday evening.

A new-look defence has struggled at times this campaign, and Redknapp thinks that they have looked as though they have been "gripped by fear".

He told the Daily Mail: "Without Luis Suarez, Liverpool were never going to score as many goals. The worrying thing for Brendan Rodgers is his side are still letting them in at an alarming rate.

"They've let in 35 league goals and kept six clean sheets in 2014. That's not good enough. Opposition teams are sensing the fear and set pieces in particular are now a phobia for Rodgers's men.

"The Liverpool defence look gripped by fear at every corner and free kick. Since the start of last season they have let in more goals from set-pieces than City or Chelsea. They must improve."

Brendan Rodgers's side host Middlesbrough in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday evening.

A stoic-looking Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool's game with Man City on August 25, 2014
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