Former Liverpool man Daniel Agger has expressed how comforting it is for a defender to be part of a high goal scoring team.
Agger was part of the 2013/2014 Liverpool squad that both scored and shipped a lot of goals on their way towards a heartbreaking second place finish behind Manchester City in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s defensive strength remains a concern this season and is an area we must improve on if we are to be successful.
The retired centre-back knows, more than most, the positives of having prolific scorers ahead of him but also the negative consequences of possessing such forward thinking players.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “It means you can let a few in and still win the game – that’s some confidence to have in a team.”
“As a defender, it’s not always the best because when you attack a lot, you obviously let more goals in. But it’s easier when you can score two, three, four or five sometimes. It’s easier to let one or two in.”
Aside from the disappointing draw on Monday, a clean sheet stands out as a huge positive to take forward with us.
Jurgen Klopp’s men cannot afford to concede goals in the manner that Agger and his teammates did under Brendan Rodgers during the 2013-2014 campaign.
Things are starting to look steadier at the back, with Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren showing signs of building a strong partnership and Jordan Henderson continuing to provide defensive support from midfield.
We are always going to create chances with the attacking players Klopp has at his disposal, it is just a matter of balancing that out with a more solid back line.