Liverpool Urged to Sign Quality Defenders in January

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Liverpool won’t be able to compete for the titles until they strengthen their defensive issues, according to pundit Ally McCoist.

The Reds failed to keep a clean sheet in their last two games in the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 1-1 away in Russia against Spartak Moscow.

Brazil international forward Philippe Coutinho equalised after Spartak had taken the lead, with the Reds goalie Loris Karius taking criticism for his display.

German head-coach has rotated Karius and Simon Mignolet regularly this term, with neither establishing themselves as the Reds No.1 stopper.

And McCoist claims that the Merseyside Reds lack the quality needed to compete on the top level.

“Liverpool clearly have an issue with the two goalkeepers,” McCoist said on BBC Radio 5 live.

“They need at least one centre-back so they can stop conceding goals.

“Until they address the defensive problems, I don’t see them having the consistency to challenge in the Premier League.

“You get top quality players that can perform in the system better than others.

“The players that are playing in this system are not of the quality they should be.”

The Merseyside Reds have conceded 11 goals in their six Premier League games thus far as they currently sit fifth in the English top-tier.

They have also been knocked out of the Carabo Cup by Leicester City.