Liverpool favourite John Barnes has spoken of his fears that Liverpool could be pipped to the title due to their fragility in defence, reports talkSPORT.
The Reds now have the Premier League's most lethal attack scoring 70 goals, overtaking Manchester City, however Barnes feels that will not be enough.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, he said: “Daniel Sturridge is fantastic, Luis Suarez hasn’t scored for while and that’s fine because Liverpool have been the best attacking side [in the Premier League], but they have to look at the balance of the team.
“I’m sure he wouldn’t be happy winning 4-3 every week. As much as they’re scoring all these goals, they need to tighten up at the back."
Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded 35 goals, 14 more than table toppers Chelsea. The Reds conceded three against Swansea City yesterday, and let in two goals at Arsenal and Fulham.
Barnes feels Liverpool's poor defensive record will greatly affect their title ambitions, as he continued by saying: “If you look at the performances and results of Man City and Chelsea, not that we want these performances, but it’s the sign of champions to not play well [and win].
“Come March and April Premier League games are like this and that’s when you have to say, ‘if we’re not going to score four every week we cannot afford to concede’. That’s where Manchester City and Chelsea have the edge.”
Liverpool have been without a stable defence for the majority of the season, with Jose Enrique, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva still out, with Glen Johnson yet to reach full fitness.
“Rodgers knows you have to keep everyone fit and playing well [to win the title] but, of course, the defence is a worry," Barnes added.
After their victory over Swansea at Anfield yesterday, Liverpool are now just four points away from Chelsea, who sit top of the Premier League.
The Reds will take on Southampton at the St Mary's in their next clash as they look to continue their charge up the league.
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