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Liverpool's Leaky Defence Sees Reds Equal Unwanted Premier League Record

Liverpool's Leaky Defence Sees Reds Equal Unwanted Premier League Record

Liverpool set a host of Premier League records last season, but they've equalled an unwanted one for this term.

The Reds rewrote the history books in 2019/20 with the most home victories in a row, earliest title win, most points over 38 matches and best-ever start.

Despite some inconsistent performances this season, they sit top of the Premier League again with five wins from seven games.

However, some leaky defensive displays mean they've become the first club since Norwich in 1992 to reach first place with the highest number of goals conceded in the division.

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Jurgen Klopp's side have a goal difference of +2, having let in a total of 15 - that's only one more than struggling Brighton and West Brom.

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They conceded three against Leeds, lost 7-2 at Aston Villa and let in two more in a controversial Merseyside derby with Everton.

They also needed a late goal from substitute Diogo Jota to scrape past West Ham at Anfield at the weekend and face a further test of their credentials when they travel to Manchester City on Sunday.

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Klopp's men have, of course, suffered key injuries at the back with Virgil van Dijk likely to sit out the rest of the season. Fabinho and Joel Matip have also been sidelined of late.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has been accused of insulting the memory of Nobby Stiles with his "dive" to win a penalty against West Ham.

Former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland star Tony Cascarino wrote in the Times: "I'm a Liverpool supporter, but I hated to see Mohamed Salah dive to win the penalty against West Ham.

"In the week when we lost Nobby Stiles, to see a player do what Salah did makes me think that the game as it was played by the England team of 1966 will be gone completely within the next 10 years.

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"Imagine showing that generation an example of what they would have considered cheating being rewarded in that way.

"The culture started to change during my playing career and now when I watch kids football, they are all as good at diving as they are at everything else. And when I say good at it, I mean they go down in a way that may deceive a referee into giving a free-kick."

Topics: Liverpool, Premier League, Virgil Van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp

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