Klopp’s Liverpool must act on instinct to defend better
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.