Klopp ‘explains’ Liverpool’s poor defensive record

Date published: Friday 3rd March 2017 11:31

Regularly changing his two centre-backs is to blame for Liverpool’s poor defensive record, according to Jurgen Klopp.

Monday night’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City meant Klopp’s men have conceded 33 goals in 26 Premier League matches so far this season.

Leaders Chelsea have conceded just 19 goals and lead the fifth-placed Reds by 14 points.

Klopp’s  first-choice pairing of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have started just 12 games together all season, although Lovren could return against Arsenal tomorrow.

Lovren has returned to to full training this week and could start alongside Matip at Anfield in a game which the Reds need to put in a positive performance after the defeat at Leicester, which Klopp has labellelled “the worst of the season”.

Klopp told BBC Sport: “Against Leicester, I would say that was the worst game we’ve played this season.

“It’s the situation, we have to take it, we have to learn from it and we have to change it. Have we conceded too many? Yes, absolutely.

“We’ve had to change a lot and that’s the truth, especially in the centre-half positions. It seems like an excuse but it’s only an explanation for what’s happened.”

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