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Jamie Carragher: Liverpool defence better than last season
Last Updated: 19/08/15 11:28am
Liverpool have a good foundation to build on after two strong defensive displays, says Jamie Carragher.
Christian Benteke's first-half strike gave Brendan Rodgers' men a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night, as they kept up their 100 per cent record.
The Reds beat Stoke by the same scoreline on the opening day, and Carragher believes tightening up the back is a key factor for Liverpool this season.
"The problem last season, equally with the lack of goals, was conceding too much," he told Monday Night Football.
"And now they've got two clean sheets on the bounce.
"Sometimes you can keep a clean sheet but your 'keeper has made great saves or you've been fortunate, but they haven't given away any chances away in two games.
"That's the thing to build on. The goals will come, for sure, as players get fitter and stronger.
It will be a test for the back four next week but if they can come through that, then that will give them confidence that they have more organisation.
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"But the acid test will come away at Arsenal next week considering what happened there last season.
"It will be a test for the back four next week but if they can come through that, then that will give them confidence that they have more organisation, and that can help massively."
Gary Neville believes it was vital that Liverpool got off to a strong start in the new campaign.
They ended last season with a 6-1 hammering at Stoke and that, coupled with the money spent in the transfer market, was something Neville says they needed to shrug off quickly.
"I think it's really important, even at this early part of the season, that Liverpool won the game," he said.
"There was potentially pressure at the end of last season, and with Brendan Rodgers being backed in the summer in the transfer market.
"I think it's critical he got off to a decent start, keeping two clean sheets, nothing majorly going wrong at this time.
"Losing at Arsenal isn't going to be a problem. I say that with respect - they'll go there to try to win the game, to pick up points, but you can lose to Arsenal in a season.
"Lose away at Stoke, lose at home to Bournemouth or drop points, and people will start to murmur.
"I think these are two critical results."
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