Klopp explains (defends?) makeshift defence v Brighton

Date published: Saturday 2nd December 2017 2:25

Jurgen Klopp has offered an explanation as to Liverpool’s makeshift defence for their game against Brighton.

Liverpool face Brighton at 3pm in the Premier League on Saturday, but will do so with a new-look defence.

Trent Alexander-Arnold starts at right-back, while Dejan Lovren is partnered at centre-half by Emre Can.

Can has never started as a centre-half under Klopp, and has only ever played there under his compatriot twice – both in the second halves of the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in August, and the 3-1 loss to Leicester in February.

Andrew Robertson is also in line to start only his third Premier League game of the season, and first since September.

Klopp explains that the changes are down to injuries or illnesses to his other options.

“We have an injury problem with Joel Matip, Joe Gomez is ill, Ragnar Klavan was ill until yesterday – he didn’t train with the team even yesterday so we took him here to see how he felt today,” he said.

“A few other changes not because of injuries, that’s the situation, [we’re] a little bit different in the defence line.”

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