Despite what the Premier League table might suggest, there are a number of problems that were outlined in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Newcastle. Needless to say, if Liverpool are serious about a top four challenge, then these problems must be solved.

1. Victor Moses is not a No.10

The Nigerian started his Liverpool career with a bang but, after being moved into the middle, he has been less effective for the Reds as each game goes by.

Moses doesn't possess the abilities of ball retention and being able to create chances through passing, which is so crucial for a No.10.

His biggest asset are his dribbling skills and his speed, and when used out wide, Moses can take full advantage of these attributes as he has more freedom to run at the defence.

Should Philippe Coutinho be back for next week's match against West Bromich Albion, he will certainly be launched straight back into the No.10 role. Otherwise it is only fair that Luis Alberto is given an opportunity, as he was very impressive coming off the bench against the Magpies.

2. Liverpool's set pieces need serious work

Liverpool had a seemingly infinite number of corners, yet couldn't take advantage of a single one.

It is hard to believe a scenario where Steven Gerrard/Luis Suarez are whipping in balls for Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel, yet we struggle to win headers (and when we have. the finishing has been poor).

The problem isn't just attacking set pieces, it is also defending them.

For Newcastle's second, Paul Dummett was left completely free at the back post after Aly Cissokho and Sakho were caught ball watching. 

It is elementary mistakes from defending set pieces that are costing Liverpool, also shown against Southampton when Dejan Lovren was left with a free header to win them the match.

3. SAS can still do the business

Even though it felt like a loss in the eyes of Liverpool fans, there were still a few positives that they can take away with them, with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez being an obvious one.

They were hardly in the match for long periods of time, and while Sturridge was exceptionally poor for most of the game, the striking partnership struck the net once again, with Suarez putting the ball on a plate for teammate.

It is very assuring for Liverpool to know that, even when they are short of ideas on how to break down the defence, they can rely on their striking duo to produce moments of brilliance.

There is hardly a crisis at Anfield but, if they aim to keep their place near the top, they need to lock down the defence and sharpen up the attack. Fortunately for Liverpool they have Coutinho back next week who, when providing service to Suarez and Sturridge, can make Liverpool deadly in attack. 

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