Why Liverpool win over Southampton will cause Jurgen Klopp major concerns
Liverpool made it two wins out of two in the Premier League after their 2-1 success at Southampton on Saturday.
It follows their 4-1 win over Norwich on the opening day of the season.
The Reds have aspirations of winning the league this year, with Manchester City their major rivals after two titles in a row.
But despite their perfect start, the manner of their victories will give Klopp concerns ahead of more tough games to come.
That is the verdict of Liverpool legend Steve Nicol, who believes his former side were fortunate to win on Saturday.
“I can’t say I was surprised [at Liverpool’s performance],” Nicol told ESPN FC .
“It’s always tough after a big midweek European game, to then come back and then go away from home, especially after extra time and penalties.
“I wasn’t shocked at how slow they started. At the same time I was shocked again at the amount of chances that Southampton had, not only in that first half, but in the second half as well.
“Liverpool got the result but the performance and the performances so far this season, there have been a lot of question marks over that back-line.
“This game could have finished it 4-4 and had it done, nobody could’ve argued that Southampton didn’t deserve a point.
“Adrian had two incredible saves, one from a point-blank header from [Maya] Yoshida, one from [Joel] Matip, a reflex save. Without Adrian, Liverpool maybe could have lost this game.
“At the same time they created a lot of chances in the second half but they’re fortunate to get three points.
“Liverpool still had a really strong team out but Southampton put up a great fight and were very unfortunate not to get a point out of this game.
“If it [Liverpool’s defence] gives up the chances it gave up against Southampton, they’re going to lose a lot more goals.
“Southampton showed that they lack quality in the attacking third as far as taking chances are concerned.
“When you’re up against Aubameyang or Lacazette or even a Pepe now, they are not going to pass up those chances.