Have Pool learned to un­lock the parked bus?

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Like the goals for col­umn, Liver­pool’s de­fen­sive record ap­pears to be mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion, with Jur­gen Klopp’s side con­ced­ing just three goals in the last six Premier League games.

That tells only part of the story, how­ever, and Klopp’s lack of de­fen­sive op­tions were high­lighted by a makeshift back three that in­cluded mid­field­ers Emre Can and Ge­orgino Wi­j­nal­dum.

Klopp will hope Rag­nar Kla­van and Joe Gomez are fit enough to re­turn to the start­ing line-up against Spar­tak Moscow, par­tic­u­larly hav­ing seen the way Brighton carved out enough chances to have made life much more un­com­fort­able at the Amex Sta­dium than it even­tu­ally turned out to be.

Si­mon Mig­no­let hailed the de­fen­sive con­tri­bu­tion of the for­wards whose ef­forts in press­ing op­po­nents helped ease the pres­sure on the back­line, but it’s hard to avoid the con­clu­sion that the de­fence re­mains the side’s weak link.

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