Stan Collymore identifies Liverpool's one remaining weak link

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With ten rounds of fixtures completed, we are already more than a quarter of the way into the 2016-17 Premier League season and Stan Collymore decided to evaluate the performances of each team thus far.

The ex-centre-forward played 84 times for Liverpool between 1995 and 1997, scoring 37 goals in that time, and he's offered his assessment of how his former club has done so far.

The Reds aren't keeping as many clean sheets as their rivals, but their quick, fluid, exciting style of attacking football this term has been a pleasure to watch and is most definitely the main reason why they find themselves joint-top of the table.


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Commenting on the positives and negatives of Jurgen Klopp's men, the Englishman wrote, via Boyle Sports: "A fantastic start for the Reds, Klopp has been the 'super manager' who's delivered a team so far in his own image. But then again he's been there the longest."

In saying that Klopp is the "super manager" who's been in charge the longest, Collymore was referring to the summer arrivals of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Antonio Conte at Chelsea and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The 45-year-old continued: "Positives are a super charged camp; Lallana and Henderson stepping up to the plate when many, me included, doubted them. And also a lack of European football. Negatives are a flaky defensive unit.

"The 'keeper question hasn't been answered either. There is still no top-class 'keeper at Anfield. They also may be hurt with squad depth over the 38 games."

Collymore graded Liverpool as an eight out of ten in his quarter-term report, but his concern regarding the goalkeeping situation at the club is a worthy one - especially when you consider that the other big teams boast world-class shot-stoppers like David de Gea, Hugo Lloris, Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech.

Mignolet vs Karius

Loris Karius was widely expected to become Klopp's first-choice when he took the number one jersey following his move to Anfield from German side Mainz this summer.

However, a hand injury meant Simon Mignolet started the campaign in goal and resulted in the 23-year-old only making his debut for his new club on September 20 in the EFL Cup.

So far, they have both played in five of Liverpool's ten league games, although last week Klopp confirmed that Karius was his preferred choice ahead of Mignolet.

Do YOU agree with Collymore's assessment? Can Liverpool win the league this season? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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