"Liverpool have a really soft centre" - Paddy Mulligan on the concerns for Klopp after the Swansea defeat

Ex-Ireland defender feels the flaws are coming to the fore

Liverpool, Swansea, Fernando Llorente,

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente scores his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture by Peter Byrne PA Wire/PA Images

Former Ireland, Chelsea and West Brom defender Paddy Mulligan believes Jurgen Klopp has a tough task on his hands finding a solution to their "soft centre".

The Reds suffered a setback in regards to their fading Premier League title hopes as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat at home to a Swansea City side involved in a relegation battle.

Liverpool are missing Senegal international Sadio Mane while he is on Africa Cup of Nations duty, but have not been immune to chastening losses at the hands of teams they would be expected to beat on paper.

Either way, the title is unlikely to arrive at Anfield this season and Paddy is not surprised.

"A lot of pundits in the British media seem to think they have a chance. Well, I've got news for you lads. They've got no chance because they're far too inconsistent and they concede far too many goals," said Paddy.

"Thus far, they've had a very poor January and it could turn even worse on Wednesday [in the EFL Cup semi final second leg] because watching Southampton on Sunday, they were bending in vicious balls from set pieces in and around the Leicester goal area. The Liverpool defence is woeful. Nobody seems to talk to each other."

Paddy also feels the home defeat to Swansea tells one something about Liverpool's mentality.

"Liverpool have a really soft centre," he said.

"A lot of the Liverpool players, in my estimation, think they are better than what they actually are. That's a big, big worry for Klopp and he now has to get this sorted out between half past 2 last Saturday and between Wednesday night at 8 o clock before the Southampton game."

He also feels that Liverpool have lost the pace and urgency that they were showing at the start of the season, allowing opposition teams to maintain their shape more easily.

And as Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton's Manchester United goalscoring record, Paddy also shared his first hand memory of what it was like being on the end of a Charlton rocket shot.

You can listen to the full chat with Paddy below: