Club idol Kenny Dalglish has supported Jurgen Klopp’s attacking style despite admitting that the problems in the defence are linked with the system Liverpool play.
Speaking ahead of fierce rivals Manchester United’s visit to Anfield on Saturday, the Liverpool legend has insisted that the defence is bound to “invariably suffer” with the attack being the team’s prime focus all the time.
“Jurgen was appointed because of what he’d done at Dortmund and the way he wants to play suited Liverpool’s DNA,” Dalglish told the Mirror.
“Why does that change all of a sudden? If you play a more open, expansive game than anybody else, it’s going to put your defenders under pressure but it’s more entertaining and enjoyable to watch.”
Liverpool have let in 12 league goals so far this season and only West Ham and 20th placed Crystal Palace have conceded more than the Reds.
While there is no doubt that the Reds are one of the most entertaining sides in Europe and the fans would always want their team to play attacking and positive football rather than watch them park the bus every week, finding a balance between the heavy metal style and stability at the back is a must for Klopp to turn the Reds from challengers into champions.
On Saturday, Jose Mourinho will most likely stick to his tried and tested strategy of not allowing either team to play free-flowing football and with Sadio Mane injured, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will need to up their game in order to penetrate a defence that has only conceded 2 so far this season.
Do you think Jurgen Klopp should change his formation to what he used at Dortmund to fix the defensive troubles?