One of the most oft-repeated tropes of Jurgen Klopp’s first 12 months at Anfield is that we’ve got better everywhere except in defence.
It’s certainly an opinion that’s got some merit — we’ve only got the 11th best defence in the league since the German’s arrival and only just managed to keep out first clean sheet of the season in Monday’s 0-0 draw with the bus parking specialists.
But here’s one stat that should give fans some hope:
- In the 38 league game since Klopp’s arrival, we have committed fewer defensive errors than anyone else in the league. (Echo)
It’s easy to dismiss that fact as unimportant — but cast your minds back to the Rodgers era for a moment. How many times did we lead to our own downfall? How often did Skrtel gift the other team a goal or did Mignolet commit a heinous error that ended up in the back of our net?
Klopp has got rid of those errors, and it’s fantastic news.