Liverpool shouldn't have waited until transfer deadline day to sign a centre-back because they knew Virgil van Dijk is out for the season.
That's according to QPR striker Charlie Austin, who believe the Reds should have acted quicker to fill the void at the back.
Liverpool have been hit hard with injuries this season and are without centre-backs Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
Midfielder Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have been filling in at the back, but the Reds have been dropping points by the week and are now sixth in the Premier League table.
Liverpool signed two centre-backs in January, bringing in Ozan Kabak from Schalke and Ben Davies from Preston.
But Austin doesn't understand why Liverpool waiting until the final day of the transfer window to snap up the defenders.
"They've got a long list of injuries – I get that, I do – but that is part of football," Austin told talkSPORT. "Van Dijk has a massive injury in November, and they know he's out for the season, and it takes them until deadline day to try and replace him?
"You can’t replace him, but to bring in someone that can fill the void… I'm not sure they've been able to do that."
He added: "Second season syndrome… you usually say that about promoted teams, that they do well the first year but the second year they fail.
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"Hang on a minute, Liverpool are doing it here.
"Me being a Liverpool fan, it was fantastic last year. I was thinking, 'Come on, let’s back it up and go on a run of two/three/four/five years like United did.
"But it's just not happened. And at the moment it's going to be a struggle for top four… it's going to be a struggle for top six!"
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