Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire to see a better defensive standard from his team after they dramatically defeated Norwich City on Saturday in a 5-4 win, reports the Telegraph.
Although all three points were secured for Klopp’s men thanks to an Adam Lallana strike in the dying moments of the game, the German tactician has spoke of his disapproval regarding Liverpool’s leakage of goals as of late, as they conceded four to a relegation-threatened Norwich side.
He is quoted in the Telegraph as saying:
I was an under-average player but if I could do something, it was defend set plays. It’s not that difficult. But now, as you saw, it’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy.
QPR defender Steven Caulker was brought in on loan for the remainder of the season in order to give the Reds some more defensive depth, along with their returning players from injury such as Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho, but have still struggled to prevent other teams taking advantage of their defensive woes.
Klopp added: “Everybody is talking about it, we are thinking about it and you see it in situations. At second balls, we are thinking ‘oh my God’. That’s the situation.”
Liverpool have conceded 32 times in just 23 games so far this season – the highest among the whole of the top 10, and Klopp will be looking to address this issue with his team.
“I’m not sure we would have scored five if we didn’t concede four,” he admitted.