Klopp: We have issues with crosses and set-pieces

Date published: Monday 4th January 2016 2:20

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool have “issues with crosses and set-pieces” as they look to recover from defeat against West Ham.

The Reds fell to a 2-0 defeat against the Hammers on Saturday, with two headed goals their demise at Upton Park.

Klopp’s side have struggled in the air against certain teams so far this season, and the German has identified it as a particular weakness ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke.

“You have to react to defeats in the right way,” said Klopp, who spoke just three words to his players in the dressing room. “We don’t have six, seven, eight players to change. We have to react to the impact the last game had on the players and decide.

“We have issues with crosses. Before that we had issues with set-pieces. We need to solve that. We’ve been clear with the words.”

Klopp was then asked of Tuesday’s opponents, Stoke City, who just one point and two places behind the Reds after 20 Premier League games.

“This cup is important. We have to go for it,” said Klopp. “There’s only one reason to be in tournaments and that’s to win it. It will be tough because Mark Hughes has done a brilliant job.”


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