Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reacted to questions about our defensive problems in a manner which may frustrate supporters.
This season, we’ve so far let in 16 goals; criminal considering we’ve played just nine matches.
What’s more, the majority of those conceded have been born of our own sloppy, individual errors, or have come from a distinct lack of defensive organisation.
Klopp though is not too concerned, as he thinks the issue it predominantly down to ‘concentration,’ stating he’d be more worried if we were not creating chances the other end.
The boss told the Echo: “It’s concentration but it’s a little bit of readiness. In different moments we concede goals with the first goal. We now use formation better but we need to fight for second balls.
“We come too close together in the first formation for the first ball, which means we don’t use the right formation for the second ball.
“That’s what we have to work on. Each manager in football has another hole to fill.
“If you asked me if I wanted my team perfect defending set pieces but not able to play football, I’d choose the other one.”
We’d pick the latter, too, but the issue is that defending set-pieces should be much easier than playing free-flowing, attacking football.
If we can spend so much time mastering the latter, surely something can be done on the former?
In his two years, Klopp has not improved Liverpool’s defence in any notable way, despite four transfer windows.
Let’s just hope he’s right and our issues can be fixed on the training ground, because our chance to bring in new personnel ended at the start of September.