If Liverpool could defend they would have won a Premier League title in the last few years.
No that’s not that verdict of an ardent Reds supporter, but instead the perspective of Manchester United legend Gary Neville.
Liverpool’s defence turned in another calamitous display against Tottenham to undo some promising attacking work.
In other words, Groundhog Day for their fans.
Dejan Lovren was at fault not once but twice inside the opening 15 minutes and was duly hooked off after half an hour to spare any more embarrassment.
After half time it didn’t get much better either when Joel Matip and Simon Mignolet both feebly headed or palmed crosses straight to Dele Alli and Harry Kane respectively.
And Sky Sports commentator Neville hit the nail on the head during the game in his summary of the Liverpool defensive performance.
“If you’re making mistakes for Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool you don’t get in the team, you get dropped and you get solved,” he said.
“I have to say, after watching these Liverpool defenders over the last three or four years, I can’t believe some of them are still there.
“Because it’s Liverpool, they should be doing better.
“They would have won a league in the last couple of years if they could defend. That’s the way it is.”
Liverpool’s well documented pursuit of Virgil van Dijk in the summer didn’t end the way they hoped and they chose not to buy an alternative.
It looks like it’s going to continue to cost them.