Liverpool’s defensive issues don’t seem to be leaving anytime soon as they are still struggling to find a solution to their leaky backline.
The Reds conceded 3 times against Watford last week in their season opener and it would have been even worse against Hoffenheim on Tuesday had the Germans been more clinical in front of goal.
While many believe that the current players in our backline are simply not good enough, questions are also being raised about Jurgen Klopp’s high pressing style which tends to leave gaps in front of the defence.
But Simon Mignolet, who saved a crucial penalty against Hoffenheim on Tuesday, believes that the Reds cannot stop playing their attacking style which is their biggest strength, despite continuous defensive wobbles. The Belgian, though, believes that we need to find a right blend of attack and good defence to change the current situation.
“We can only play one way and that is forward,” Mignolet told the Echo.
“We know that we can always score. We have so much style up front. We have so much talent in the squad that we have to use it. We have the qualities and our natural game will be attacking.
“But we know we have to fill that in with a really defensive spirit. We know that is where we have to improve.”
Mignolet is quite right in saying that our fearsome attack, which is arguably the best in the league, is our main strength and our high pressing system makes it even more effective, but this, in turn, makes life very difficult for the backline.
Liverpool had a very good pre-season in terms of attack as well as defence and while we are just two games into the new campaign, let’s just hope that Klopp can find a suitable balance in his system as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has reiterated his club’s stance regarding Liverpool’s top defensive target Virgil Van Dijk by insisting that the Saints won’t sell the 26-year-old this summer under any circumstances.
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