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Liverpool play host to Chelsea on Saturday at Anfield stadium, and former Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince thinks two Liverpool defenders could cost Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday.

Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno played badly in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday, as Sevilla came back from 3 goals down to level the scores, and Ince thinks they could cost Liverpool against Chelsea.

Ince told Paddy Power: “When Liverpool concede a goal, they literally do not know how to react – and that needs sorting.

“They got nervous against Sevilla in midweek, and the things they were doing in the first half seemed to be just totally gone.

“In those moments where you concede a goal, or you go behind, that’s when you need to turn to leaders. But there is no leadership in that Liverpool team, and it showed on Tuesday night.

“The final goal was the most frustrating for me – what was Ragnar Klavan doing? He should have been heading that ball with everything he has.

“If that was [former Manchester United defenders] Gary Pallister or Paul McGrath, there’s no way that ball would’ve gone into the net.

“When we’re talking about leaders, that was a prime example. This is where leadership comes into play.

“It’s not all about talking or giving out orders, sometimes it’s about owning a situation like this and thinking ‘I don’t care how – I’m not conceding a goal in the dying minutes of the game’.

“This is why Liverpool concede a lot of goals. Individually, a lot of the players just don’t have the right mindset, particularly the defenders.

“Liverpool’s lack of courage, and Klavan’s lack of will to put his head in where it hurts, alongside some of Moreno’s stupid decisions, are what cost them on Tuesday – and could cost them again this weekend.”

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