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Klopp: Liverpool have to improve defensively

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side must improve defensively this season.

The European champions had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season but have looked shaky in the opening weeks of the new campaign.

After a disappointing pre-season, newly-promoted Norwich created several chances at Anfield last Friday, whilst Klopp’s side also conceded twice to Chelsea during their UEFA Super Cup victory in midweek.

The Liverpool boss admits his side must improve defensively in the coming weeks, but is confident his side will return to their solid best.

“If you compare us to August last year, it’s not that big a difference,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.

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“The thing is they had two goals that were offside and there are no whistles. You see that it is two yards offside so that is good defending.

“We know we have to improve a couple of things defensively.”

Liverpool’s pressing style means their defensive line must be in an advanced position, but Klopp’s defence has been criticised for being caught out by runners in behind.

The German insists Liverpool’s defence is no higher than last season, and says the introduction of VAR means the offside line will play a ‘big part’ in defending this season.

“We don’t defend higher than we did before. We use the situations,” he added.

“Using the offside line is always part of defending.

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“Chelsea scored twice after offside situations. That would have been offside in the good old times.

“We know VAR is in there now so now each offside decision will be settled.

“Using offside line is a big part of defending. As long as it is there we have to use it.

“We don’t defend ten yards higher, that’s not how it is.”

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