Liverpool problem is offensive not defensive – Klopp

Date published: Monday 22nd August 2016 9:00

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley was because of mistakes going forward and not sloppy defending.

Goals from Andre Gray and Sam Vokes condemned Liverpool to their first loss of the season at Turf Moor, in a match which saw James Milner start at left-back and the Reds second-best across the field, with Philippe Coutinho has been named our early loser of the weekend.

Klopp dismissed suggestions that the defeat showed he needed to strengthen his squad further – primarily at left-back and in midfield – and is adamant it is their offensive play which needs to improve, despite Liverpool shipping five goals in their first two league games.

“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,” he said.

When it was earlier put to the German whether the defeat was simply the case of Liverpool having an off-day, he replied: “No. Losing games are never off-days, but of course we have to take it.

“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.

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

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