Jurgen Klopp: Leave Lovren alone, Matip was no better

Date published: Monday 23rd October 2017 9:25

Jurgen Klopp said he would have made a better fist of defending Tottenham’s first goal in Sunday’s 4-1 Premier League defeat at Wembley than his Liverpool side managed.

The German was left shaking his head at his team’s inept defensive display, with one of the chief culprits, Dejan Lovren, substituted just after the half-hour mark. READ 16 CONCLUSIONS.

By that point the Reds were 2-0 down, Harry Kane opening the scoring after just four minutes as a speculative chip forward from Kieran Trippier caught out Lovren.

The centre-back missed another header soon after, allowing Kane to sprint free and square to Son Heung-min to slot home.

Mohamed Salah pulled a goal back, but just before half-time Joel Matip headed a free-kick straight to Dele Alli, who volleyed in.

The fourth saw goalkeeper Simon Mignolet flap at a cross, with Kane eventually capitalising to steer in.

“It is difficult to talk about because I do not want to create headlines which don’t help us,” said Klopp, whose side are ninth in the table.

“It was just defending in all parts. Everything that happened was so obvious…you cannot get results with performances like (that).”

Klopp refused to lay any blame squarely at the door of Lovren.

“Actually I really don’t want to blame players and Dejan was no worse, to be honest, than Joel,” he added.

“We have to prove we are better defenders than we are today. The only way to fix it is to stay strong. The first goal would not happen if I am on the pitch, in my trainers.”

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