Klopp will make strengthening Liverpool defence ‘top priority’

Date published: Saturday 30th April 2016 1:23

Jurgen Klopp: Closing in on a year in charge at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will make strengthening his defence a priority over the summer.

The Reds have dropped the most points from winning positions in the Premier League in the current campaign and it was a major factor in their inconsistency in his first few months in charge.

Last weekend they squandered a 2-0 first-half lead to draw at home to Newcastle to end a run of four consecutive victories in all competitions.

Klopp’s defensive capabilities have been hampered by UEFA’s initial 30-day suspension – which is likely to be longer with further punishment – imposed on Mamadou Sakho for failing a drugs test.

He has signed Schalke defender Joel Matip to come in during the summer and the German is in the market for cover in central midfield, but in the meantime he has to find a way to shore up his side in their remaining four league matches to prevent their domestic season fizzling out.

“When you build up a team, you start with the defence – that’s how it is,” said Klopp.

“It keeps you in the game and gives you the opportunity to score once and win the game.

“I’m never happy with conceding goals, to be honest.

“It’s clear it’s how we build up a team and that’s one of the biggest targets for the next season – not for the rest of this season but for next season and then to build up a stability in this part of the game.

“We had different problems in this and we solved a lot of them already.

“Set-pieces were the worst, to be honest. It’s a part of the game where we needed to improve and we did.”

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