Liverpool lack balance between attack and defence under Jurgen Klopp, claims former club captain Sami Hyypia.
The Reds have conceded 16 goals in only 10 Premier League games this season, and came in for heavy criticism after a 4-1 defeat by Tottenham last month.
Though Klopp has fashioned an entertaining and attacking style of play at Anfield, problems in the defence have persisted during his two years at the club.
Sami Hyypia was critical of Liverpool's defence before their clash with Maribor
And speaking on BT Sport ESPN before their Champions League clash with Maribor, Hyypia said the protection afforded to the back four was a glaring issue.
'I had more protection and there might be some issues with the balance in the game.
'Everyone likes it when Liverpool is playing that game and everyone is going forward, but you need to have a balance in the game. In some situations the balance is not there.
'But that's not the only issue for the centre-backs. Maybe I would have had more difficulties if I had to play on the halfway line nowadays.
Jurgen Klopp's side have conceded 16 goals in only 10 Premier League games