Klopp’s Liver­pool must act on in­stinct to de­fend bet­ter

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football -

In­tro­spec­tion grips Liver­pool as Burn­ley head to An­field. Jur­gen Klopp’s team ad­vance on goal like Cologne fans head­ing to Ar­se­nal, but the de­fend­ing is less con­vinc­ing.

Against Sevilla in mid­week there was a no­tice­able fail­ure to re­act to dan­ger: not just struc­turally but psy­cho­log­i­cally. Suc­cess­ful teams are con­di­tioned to re­spond to threats. You see it in their pos­tures. They go hy­per­alert, change their body shape into a de­fen­sive crouch. There is ur­gency and co­op­er­a­tion. The play­ers are “an­i­mals” pro­tect­ing their nests – or pro­tect­ing their goal.

At Liver­pool at the mo­ment, minds seem to be else­where, as if every­one is wait­ing for the next chance to at­tack. To stop the team see­ing the game this way would be an ob­vi­ous re­me­dial step for Klopp.

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