Klopp not concerned by defence ahead of title challenge

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was never concerned that his Reds defence would hinder a potential title charge- even after a series of early-season errors.

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After failings from set-pieces were regularly exploited in the opening months of the season, some critics suggested that the Reds had a soft underbelly that wouldn’t sustain a tilt at the Premier League trophy.

However, a run of three successive clean sheets shows that the Anfield side have improved defensively following their early jitters, with the club now sitting in second-place in the table ahead of the weekend’s games.

And previewing his side’s match against Bournemouth, the German claimed he was never worried about the team’s defensive performances.

“I was never worried about the defence performance, the strength and skills,” he told reporters. “I respect you (the media) have to talk about one or two things and when we conceded you need to talk about it but we have to think more of it from a logical point of view. You cannot play football without conceding.

“Working longer together helps a lot. In England you like to put it on one player – ‘because of him we conceded goals’ – but it’s a team game. It’s defending together and about having the luck in the right situation.

“You only need to fix that and it is hard to create chances against you.”


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