Liverpool have been "found out" and must rectify "problem" tactic – Jose Enrique

Former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique reckons the Reds' weakness has been "found out" by teams.

Before the international break, the Merseysiders suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

The defender Premier League champions were beaten 7-2 by a rampant Villa, who put the Reds on the back foot from the get-go.

The Villans repeatedly exposed Liverpool's high line that night at Villa Park, which saw them suffer their heaviest defeat in 57 years.

And former Reds full-back Enrique reckons teams are now wise on how to exploit the "weakness" in Jurgen Klopp's preferred formation.

"Listen, the club know more than anyone else, but for me personally, the problem is we're playing a really, really high line and there's nothing wrong with that but I believe we're trying to play offside too much," the Ladbrokes ambassador said.

"It has worked over the past few years and it's why we've been winning so much, and Klopp knows better than anyone, but I believe this offside thing we're trying to do isn't working. Just follow the man.

"If you're a left-back and the ball goes over to their right-winger, don't try to leave him offside and take that chance, just run with your man.

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"We conceded 22 goals in the league two years ago and have already conceded half of that in four games this season. I don't know; maybe we just want to make things more interesting! Obviously, you don't want to win the league that easily!

"The problem, now, for Liverpool, is that they have been found out a little. Every formation has its weakness. Ours is what clubs now know.

"We're trying to play offside every time and so teams are coming and making runs from midfield into a lot of space behind the defence.

"Sometimes the defenders are trying to be too clever and play that offside line, and yes, maybe they're right and the forwards are offside.

"But if midfielders are making runs and you're playing such a high-line, they're not going to be offside and they have all of that space in behind all of a sudden."

Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, locking horns with their bitter rivals Everton in the first Merseyside Derby of the season.

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