Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has called on the team to defend better as a collective following the dramatic 3-3 draw at Brentford.
The Reds were undone too easily at the back by the newly-promoted side, prompting them to twice surrender losing positions having fallen a goal behind.
Brentford took the lead early on before strikes from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah either side of half time appeared to put the visitors on course for an important win.
After the Bees got back on terms, Curtis Jones’ stinging effort looked again like it was going to be enough for Liverpool to take all three points. However, some slack play at the back allowed Yoane Wissa to make it 3-3.
While Liverpool are still top of the pile after Chelsea and Manchester United lost on Saturday, they will be disappointed at the manner in which goals were given up, as defenders were unable to deal with straightforward balls into the box.
Nevertheless, while the back four did struggle against Brentford front two Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbuemo, Henderson said all 11 players on the pitch have to take responsibility when there are leaks at the back, per the Daily Mail.
“We knew before the game their strikers would both be a handful,” said Henderson.
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“They have proven that over the games they have played so far. It’s a bit old school.
“They are really good in the air, with decent feet. We needed to defend better as a team, not just rely on the two centre halves and the ‘keeper.”
Henderson also paid tribute to the home side, who have acquitted themselves well in the top flight after earning promotion from the Championship via the playoffs last season.
“It was a great atmosphere and, to be fair, I expected it to be like this. I’ve watched their games and they are a good side.
“They make it intense, difficult and we knew it would be tough. We’ve missed this, these atmospheres when it is all mad.
“But we are disappointed. At 2-1, we should have killed the game off. Look, you have to give Brentford credit.
“They made it difficult, scored three, so I’m sure they will say they deserved at least a point.”
The Reds will have to make major strides defensively this week if they are going to pick up results in a pair of key upcoming matches.
Jurgen Klopp ‘s side travel to Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday, before they host Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
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