It seems Jurgen Klopp was spot on in saying that signing one player would not change our defensive situation and the defeat against West Brom on Saturday was almost a perfect example of that.
Liverpool conceded 3 goals in the game but could have let in more given the way the whole defence looked rattled.
Such was the degree of our wretched backline that even Klopp couldn’t stop himself from completely destroying it in his post-match conference.
“Yes, in the decisive parts of the game, around the goals. it was just bad defending, that’s how it is,” Klopp told the press (via the Echo).
“Bad defending most of the times means making the wrong decisions.”
Liverpool were off to a great start after Roberto Firmino chipped past Ben Foster to put the Reds ahead early in the game. But the celebrations at Anfield were cut short in almost no time when Jay Rodriguez gleefully took advantage of a disorganised Liverpool backline and scored the equaliser.
The visitors did not have to work hard for their second and third as well and Klopp admitted that his defence (led by our record signing Virgil van Dijk) kept making unforced errors throughout the game.
“We lose the second challenge as well and the disaster starts with the run of Rodriguez and fantastic finish,” Klopp added.
“Second goal, similar. We leave Rodriguez alone in the box which makes no sense, we lose him in midfield, they pass the ball down the side and we didn’t feel the responsibility in this situation.
“The third one was unbelievable, it’s really easy to defend, you only have to push up and Dawson is offside. you saw his celebration, it was ‘what can I do if they leave me that alone?’
The FA Cup was probably the only realistic chance of winning a trophy for Liverpool this season but the exit means that the Reds will now have to put all their focus on securing a top-four finish.
Philippe Coutinho’s departure has undoubtedly left a big void in the midfield in terms of creativity, but it seems Klopp is ready to wait until the end of the season for any new signings.
Liverpool are currently ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal in the table but if they can up their game and find some consistency to cement their position is what remains to be seen now.
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