Klopp: Liverpool’s priority is always to defend

Date published: Tuesday 26th December 2017 9:38

Jurgen Klopp has insisted he builds a “defending approach” to his tactics as Liverpool manager.

The Anfield boss launched a staunch defence of his side’s rearguard set-up in the wake of leaking three goals in five minutes to slip to a 3-3 draw at Arsenal on Friday.

Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool into a 2-0 lead at the Emirates Stadium, only for Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil all to strike in five minutes and blast Arsenal into an unlikely lead.

Roberto Firmino’s goal salvaged a point for the visitors, but Klopp was still left to bat away questions about his side’s open, attacking game-plan.

“We have an absolutely defending approach,” Klopp said. “We played 4-5-1 and everyone has a responsibility to defend. We can line up quite offensively, player-wise.

“But there’s nobody on the pitch who is not involved in defending.

“That they will cross, that they will shoot, it happens in a football game.

“I want to defend first of all; that’s the basis for everything.

“But the best thing is to defend with 10 offensive players, because then when you have the ball, it’s much more likely that you will score.”

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