Klopp’s men pay penalty as they let Spa­niards off hook

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Chris Bas­combe at An­field

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

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