Klopp: I’d be a ‘real idiot’ to start making panic buys

Date published: Monday 22nd August 2016 9:18

Jurgen Klopp: Watches the action at Turf Moor

Jurgen Klopp will not make any rash decisions following Liverpool’s defeat to Burnley and said his leaky defence is not his main concern.

First-half goals from Sam Vokes and Andre Gray burst the Reds’ bubble after their eye-catching display in the 4-3 win against Arsenal on the opening day of the season.

The outspoken German was grilled by the press at Turf Moor as a result and laughed off suggestions that Liverpool need to strengthen in midfield as well as defence.

“If one game should change my mind then I would be a real idiot. I know you [questioners] would all buy a left-back but a midfielder?” said a defiant Klopp.

“We have 36 games left that is a big number. It is information I did not want – but I knew it before. Losing the ball in the buildup makes no sense.

Klopp also insisted that there were plenty of positives to take from the shock defeat and said the primary issue was attackers not taking their chances rather than the defence looking shaky.

“We can react better but I saw a lot of good things,” Klopp added.

“If you tell me last year we could have played at Burnley like this, not perfect of course, I would be really surprised. They could not defend against us like they wanted.

“It was not a day off, it was an experience we don’t want.

“It is not a defending problem it is an offensive problem. We should be ready in our development and these mistakes shouldn’t happen any more, but our training drills did not include us playing the ball at the wrong time [for the goals] to the opponent. We put ourselves under pressure.”

Liverpool’s performance also drew criticism from former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy, who said on Match of the Day that they should stop trying to play like Barcelona.

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