Speaking before Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the former Chelsea star said Jürgen Klopp’s side looked “vulnerable” in defence and were being “punished” for it.
Speaking on BBC One’s Football Focus in the run-up to the game, he admitted the side were “exciting” but criticised the Liverpool's playing style.
He said: “It’s difficult because they’re a very exciting team and they’re built to attack and create, there’s a lot of fluidity in the midfield so there’s not a lot of backbone in the team in the way they’re set up.
“And I think if they’re not scoring goals on one end and pressing and keeping pressure on teams, there’s always a lot of vulnerability at the back.
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Graeme Le Saux said Liverpool were lacking in defence
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They’re a very exciting team and they’re built to attack and create, there’s a lot of fluidity in the midfield so there’s not a lot of backbone in the team
Graeme Le Saux
“And it seems to me that they’re getting punished – even if they might be playing quite well – they’re getting punished and they’re conceding goals.”
Going into the FA Cup game, Klopp made nine changes to his team in an effort to return to winning ways.
But Le Saux said: “You can’t read too much into that… he’s picking a team for this particular game, thinking about other matches as well but ultimately, it’s such fine margins and they’re getting punished for things that maybe aren’t as bad as we think they are.”
Dion Dublin also appeared on the programme and endorsed Klopp, despite growing unrest among fans about his management.
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The former Aston Villa star said: “He started with the squeeze and now he’s thinking too himself we can’t do that all the time, so he’s now changing the way he playing against certain teams, which is the right way to go.
“I still think he’s the right man for the job. I like Klopp I think he’s a very good manager.”
The German manager responded to criticism this week after his side lost 1-0 to Southampton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
He put Liverpool’s dip in form to poor decision-making and not fatigue from his high-intensity style of play.
Klopp said: “We don’t run less, we don’t rest less. In one or two games we created less and that comes back to decision-making, playing the right pass because we didn’t see him, but it’s still a process.”