Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted he will not change Liverpool’s attacking philosophy in search of clean sheets this season.
The Reds have managed just three clean sheets so far this season, including the 2-0 EFL Cup win over MK Dons, and keeper Alisson has admitted to being “annoyed” at the club’s record so far this season.
The Brazil stopper recorded an unbelievable 34 clean sheets in 51 games last season, but he has only managed one clean sheet this term, although he has played only five times due to a calf injury he sustained in the first game of the season.
Asked about Liverpool’s record this season (16 goals conceded), in comparison to last term when they only conceded 22 Premier League goals all season, Klopp was unperturbed and not in total agreement with Alisson.
“You can concede goals like this. No problem, We carried on and then we got the win,” said Klopp regarding the 2-1 win at Aston Villa.
“A lot of things worked out well last season. Only 11 games now, we try to improve. Our main target isn’t clean sheets. We want them but we have to win.
“For me, it is more important the other team don’t create. If a team score with one shot, it is not nice but it is something we can’t work on. Alisson is annoyed without clean sheets but he is happy as everyone when we win games. We have to score goals.”
Asked why he think his team are so potent in the final 15 minutes of games, he said: “We have to [score late]. We are there to squeeze everything out of the 95 mins we can. That’s the situation. One side shows a problem when we concede when we are not 3,4-0 up. It’s like it should be, information only. We go for it. We want to win football games.”
“We don’t have time to train for this. All my family and friends tell me they try to enjoy us but it is more nervy than exciting. First half we were not that good, second, very good. Some things went against us, we stayed on track. Character and mentality.
“We don’t expect that [comebacks] will happen without influence. I can imagine it is pretty hard to follow us. Sorry.
“100% v Villa I wasn’t sure we would score, but I knew we would try. Late goals v Spurs, Man Utd, Villa, it is important. I don’t care, we have to win but I don’t expect perfection. We usually defend set-pieces very well but we accept Villa did well.”