‘We spoke’ – Jurgen Klopp addresses growing Liverpool challenge ahead of Chelsea clash

Liverpool earned a 3-1 win over Darmstadt in their final pre-season game on monday night, and Jurgen Klopp has insisted he knows how to remedy Liverpool’s glaring defensive issue.

Liverpool were impressive going forward – as they have been all summer – with Mo Salah, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz all on target. But the Reds’ goal they conceded yet again came from a ball over the top that exposed the gaping hole on the right-hand side of defence left when Trent Alexander-Arnold roams into midfield.

Certainly, it is a growing concern ahead of Liverpool’s 2023-24 Premier League opening fixture taking place against Chelsea on Sunday. But Klopp stressed that he has spoken to his squad about the problem.

Speaking to LFCTV, the Anfield boss said: “There was a lot of good stuff, obviously could have scored much more goals. Conceded one again that we shouldn’t concede but it’s an obvious mistake which we spoke already about but that’s how it is with mistakes.

“If you do it answer, you talk about it, you work on it. It doesn’t mean you solve it immediately but the situation is clear; the diagonal protection is not there.

“We cannot avoid each pass behind our line, we just have to make sure we are in better positions. Beside that, we scored two goals from set-pieces, which is good, and could have scored another from a high-press situation, which is good as well and beside that we played a lot of good stuff without finishing the situations off.”



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