Jurgen Klopp: Adding one defender wouldn't fix Liverpool's issues

Jurgen Klopp: Adding one defender wouldn't fix Liverpool's issues
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's defensive issues would not be solved by signing a certain defender after his side were frustrated by Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw in their Group E Champions League opener, with their defensive frailties evident as the La Liga snatched a draw at Anfield.

First-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah cancelled out Wissam Ben Yedder's opener after five minutes.

Firmino hit the post from a penalty kick shortly before half-time, and Liverpool were made to pay for their lack of ruthlessness when Joaquin Correa equalised in the 72nd minute.

Speaking at his postmatch news conference, Klopp said: "The first goal starts in a situation in the midfield when we can shoot the ball easily away.

"Emre [Can] is a little bit late in the situation, that's the first moment I realise something will happen. Until then, it was a nothing situation. That's a press ball, in the half-space on the left-hand side, and in the end, I think it was through the legs of Dejan, I do not know exactly how it was.

"That's not, in the end, perfectly defended but I have to see it again. It's, of course, concentration, it's nothing else in this situation.

"We started the game how I thought we could -- kind of dominant, played football, kind of good moments and that was pretty much their first offensive situation and then they scored. That's a mixture of being a little bit unlucky and being through the wind -- how we say in Germany.

"But then you got it and then you have to react, and we reacted. We kept on playing football and that's very, very important."

Klopp then alluded to Liverpool's failed pursuit of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, but rejected the notion that he alone could have provided a solution.

"I know here, you are always looking for this thing, so the defence was always something we were talking about -- [we] did not sign this or that and all that stuff.

"But, if these problems would have been sorted with one player, you could imagine we would put all our money in and say: 'Come on, let's do this.'

"It's not about this, it's kind of this being dominant and losing a little bit the grip on the game. That's all space for improvement for all of us.


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