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'You won't win a Premier League with a dodgy defence' - Eamon Dunphy says Liverpool need to buy

Harry Clarke

Published 01/11/2016 | 12:01

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Matip
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Matip

Liverpool will not win the Premier League unless they strengthen their leaky defence, according to Eamon Dunphy.

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Jurgen Klopp's Reds are flying high and level with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League - and the Merseysiders are where they are by playing attacking, fluid football.

Klopp's men have racked up 24 league goals in 10 games so far but continue to make costly errors at the other end and, speaking on 2FM's Game On last night, Dunphy says Klopp will need to address this issue if Liverpool have any aspirations of ending their 26-year wait for a title.

"There is a problem with the Liverpool team and it isn't in attacking, it is their defence and a new goalkeeper who doesn't look great. You won't win the Premier League with a dodgy defence," said Dunphy.

"They have only kept one clean sheet since March and that was the 0-0 draw with Manchester United a couple of Mondays ago. I tipped them to win the league at the start of the season.

"I hope he (Jurgen klopp) does something with his defence but he is going to have to buy a top class central defender at least and maybe a goalkeeper in the window in January."

Dunphy has been an outspoken critic of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho since his arrival at Old Trafford and he has reiterated his belief that the Portuguese has spent badly.

"The tactics aren't great but the real cause of United's decline is they don't have the quality players in the team, in the club," Dunphy added.

"It doesn't matter how you line them out. If you want to play Ibrahimovic, you take him on a free transfer at 35 years of age, then no matter what tactic you use.... You pay £100million for Pogba who doesn't really have a position, he is not really a player as such, well then what can you do?

"If Daley Blind and Rojo are you centre half partnership, it doesn't matter about the tactics."

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