Klopp: Defenders? Pah. Liverpool need to sign midfielders

Date published: Monday 14th August 2017 10:10

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are still in the market for new players, with the emphasis on signing a midfielder.

The Reds drew their opening game of the Premier League season away at Watford on Saturday.

They had to come from behind twice against the Hornets before leading heading into the final minute, when Watford defender Miguel Britos bundled home a last-gasp equaliser.

Two of Watford’s goals came from set-piece situations, which is a familiar story for Klopp and his men.

We wrote that progress for the club would be impossible without change, which the manager is intent on forcing through signings instead of coaching players to not fall asleep at corners.

“We are still working on all parts. We cannot build them. We have to have talks, we’re looking at all parts of the team,” he explained.

“The squad at the moment is not too wide for a lot of games because decisive players are not available. But that’s our situation.

“Yes, we did wrong [against Watford], and what do I want to do to sort it?

“People will say I need to buy a new player in the position. I don’t know if that makes real sense.

“It’s not about a player. It’s not as though one player can sort all the set-piece problems for Liverpool.

“Of course, it’s about positioning. Do the right thing, at the right moment, in the right position.

“It’s not like it happened to us last year and now we say ‘this will not happen any more’.

I don’t feel comfortable because I can’t change it at the moment. But I know what to do.

“There’s no chance it isn’t going to happen again. All over the world in football, you’ll concede from set-pieces.”

Liverpool have courted two players in particular this summer: Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keita.

The pursuit of both seems destined to end in failure, but while Klopp is adamant the Reds do not need any more centre-backs, his opinion on midfielders is another matter.

“We don’t have too many midfield players in the moment who have experience,” he said.

“Are we looking still for players? Yes. That is the truth. But we were looking for players before Adam [Lallana] was injured. Now he is injured and Phil [Coutinho] is injured so we have two less.

“It doesn’t make the situation more comfortable. You cannot be really prepared for situations like this but we have time.

“Everything can happen. But I’m not sure that they will happen. If I were sure, they would probably already be in or whatever. It’s still open for business.”

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