After Liverpool’s impressive start to the season, Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he is desperate for more defensive stability with the German subscribing to the old adage that ‘goals win games, but defence wins you titles.’
Liverpool’s defence has been heavily criticised for a number of years, with goals being leaked with great regularity. However, the £75 million addition of Virgil van Dijk back in January, and the £67 million signing of Alisson this summer has seen the Reds defence looking stronger, winning all three of their opening Premier League games without conceding a single goal.
While Klopp’s Liverpool play some of the most attractive and offensive football in Europe, the German has revealed that he is actually ‘desperate to have good organisation’ at the back, and speaking to Sky Sports, he has said that clean sheets could help the club end their 29 year wait for the title:
“It’s always like this – I think that’s one of the oldest laws in football.
“Scoring goals wins you games but not conceding wins you championships. That’s really pretty old but still very true.
“You can be the best team in the world offensively, but if you constantly conceded two or three goals [per game] then it’s just not possible to win all of these games.
“I’m not really happy [with the figures] but it’s interesting, that’s what we always thought. I’m not this kind of guy who counts clean sheets or counts goals we concede because I know about our problems or solutions without counting goals.
“I’m not proud, I’m not surprised, it’s actually what we thought it was but it’s a good number and hopefully it will continue like that.
“Because of the football we play people could think I’m first and foremost interested in offensive movements. That’s not true actually, I’m desperate to have good organisation and that’s good when you see them and the boys feel it and when we have more and more when the confidence grows.
“We had really difficult moments against Crystal Palace, it was difficult but we could still win the game. Against Brighton it was difficult, especially in the last few minutes, but we could win the game.
“That gives us a lot of very important information but we have to improve, controlling the game with the ball. I know that but a lot of people think controlling the game without the ball – to an extent that’s important – but we are a team and we need to control the game better with the ball.
“You never can avoid conceding goals but you can avoid conceding the easy goals so you have to make life for your opponent as uncomfortable as possible. Always when they are on the ball they need to be at the top to find a solution against us. That’s the plan, it was always the plan.”