Klopp’s men pay penalty as they let Spaniards off hook
Jurgen Klopp dismissed the idea that Liverpool need ‘one player’ to solve their defensive problems, as carelessness cost them Champions League points.
Virgil van Dijk’s name continues to shadow the Anfield men every time they concede, and after a dominant attacking performance against Sevilla was again undermined by mistakes at the back, Klopp faced a familiar lament about his failure to sign a centre-back. But
the Liverpool manager says the solution is in collective action rather than craving any individual.
“I know here a lot of people were looking for this, at the defence, that we didn’t sign this and that and all that stuff,” said Klopp following the 2-2 draw. “If these problems would have been sorted with one player, you can imagine we’d put all our money in and say ‘let’s do this’. It’s not about this.
“It’s of course concentration, it’s nothing else in this situation. We started the game good, kind of dominant, played football, had
immediately good moments and they score from pretty much their first offensive situation.
“That’s a mixture of being unlucky and being a little bit ‘through the wind’ as we say in Germany.
“We need to learn to be dominant and not to give easy goals away. The first one was for sure unnecessary and too easy, and the second I’ve absolutely no clue how they came through, so I have to see that again.
“It’s not a general defending problem but we need to improve 100 per cent.”
Klopp took comfort from an
encouraging overall performance. “That is how it is. It is a results game. I am not sure I am frustrated,” he admitted.
“I am not happy with the result, I am happy about a big part of the game. I saw we were spot on from the first second. A lot of times when two good teams play each other it is boring but this was the opposite.
“Respect for Sevilla. They were lucky with the penalty [miss] and we had more chances – that is important. We created a lot of chances but did not use them. There is a lot on which we can build.”
Summer target: Liverpool missed out on signing defender Virgil van Dijk from Southampton