BRENDAN RODGERS has an issue with the balance of his Liverpool midfield. The engine room is where games are won and lost but we weren’t strong enough there against Manchester United.

Steven Gerrard sparked the fightback in the second half but Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva both struggled.

Allen was a significant signing last summer in terms of the way Liverpool want to play by dominating possession but for long spells the game simply passed him by.

He is still relatively inexperienced at Premier League level and I’m confident there is more to come from him. However, you wonder whether he currently feels weighed down a bit by expectations.

Lucas’s form has been patchy since he came back from those two bad injuries.

Midfield is an area where we thought we would be okay but currently it’s a concern. In the second half last weekend when we only had two in central midfield we looked a lot better.

Rodgers’ options were reduced by the fact Nuri Sahin’s loan spell was cut short. I think Rodgers made his mind up pretty quick on Sahin.

If he thought he just needed time to get used to the pace and physical nature of the league then he would have given him more games. There was no point keeping a loan player who isn’t playing and Liverpool did well to get out of that loan deal.