Klopp 'sick' of defensive lapses as Liverpool slump to defeat

Lynette Rowe
September 21, 2017

The German declared that "as long as" the club can "line up [with] strong line-ups" they will, insisting: "It's a little bit odd that we play Leicester again at the weekend".

The visitors were the better side in the first-half, with Philippe Coutinho impressing in midfield and Andrew Robertson a danger on the left flank.

Klopp has also confirmed that Danny Ward will start in-goal for the Reds, whilst Marko Grujic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will also make their first starts of the season.

Klopp has since come in for some criticism for withdrawing Coutinho during the break, and Shakespeare conceded that Brazilian's exit gave them the upper hand. The 17-year-old has shone for Wales in their recent World Cup qualifiers but he still very much a work in progress who lacks Coutinho's quality.

The reds did manage to welcome on Ings, to join Solanke and Woodburn up front but there wasn't enough for the reds who were fairly turgid in the second half. That we concede like this, that makes me really, really sick. Questions now have to be raised about the tactical regime at Melwood because the defenders are making the same schoolboy mistakes in the set piece and throw in situations.

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Klopp's men failed to deal with a loose ball in the area, allowing Shinji Okazaki open scoring in the second half.

"That was obviously one of the main contributions to us in the second half". By itself, the CFL England tournament at this stage can bring a lot of surprises, but still I think that in this match we will see not a boring game. "It doesn't feel too cool but it's the truth".

With Mane missing the Premier League fixture against Leicester on Saturday as the final game of his three-match ban, Coutinho will be vital and will certainly last more than 45 minutes.

Klopp is considered one of the best managers in world football, and as such Liverpool supporters will be hopeful he can find a way of rectifying these chronic problems.

"We played really good football in the first half, we should have decided the game early".

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