Kevin Keegan insists Liverpool aren’t the only big team in the Premier League struggling defensively.
The Anfield great has hit back at criticism directed towards Jurgen Klopp and his players, who have come under constant fire for the ease at which they have shipped goals so far this season and their supposed lack of improvement.
“I think he’s a great manager. He fits Liverpool, he gets Liverpool,” said Keegan at an Aspire Academy event.
“There are a lot of teams in the Premier League struggling in defence. All the rules have been changed to suit attackers—yellow cards, red cards.”
“It’s no fun being a defender. If a defender misses three tackles he’s off so it’s no wonder they are cautious.”
“I don’t think Man City, Man United or Chelsea are great defensively. It’s not just a Liverpool problem.”
“Nowadays everything is built for teams to go forward, which is great. Who shows highlights of defending?”
“Yes they are conceding goals and they say it’s a bit like my [Newcastle] team, but at Liverpool fans want to see a good game of football and they want the team to have a go.”
“I hope they have patience with him if it doesn’t actually go quite right because he is the right guy.”
Contrary to Keegan’s views on the two Manchester clubs, both have only conceded two goals apiece so far this season.
That said, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are yet to be seriously challenged at the back and are likely to see their first test come when they travel to face Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday.
Frustration over a difficult period for the club is fine, but calling for Klopp’s dismissal seems unjustified with so much time remaining for him and the Reds to reignite their season.
Once the goals begin to go in for Liverpool again, the mood will undoubtedly change.