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Klopp unconcerned despite Liverpool’s defensive issues

Jurgen Klopp insists he saw plenty of positives despite Liverpool’s 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich in Singapore.

Liverpool conceded two late goals to lose an entertaining pre-season friendly with the Bundesliga champions, in the final fixture of the club’s summer tour.

 

It was the second time in three pre-season games that the Reds had conceded four goals, following a 4-4 draw with German side Greuther Fürth on July 24.

Klopp – who is understood to be keen to sign a defensive midfielder and centre-back before the transfer deadline – insists he saw positives in the performance against Bayern despite Liverpool’s defensive issues.

“Around the goals obviously not that great, but there were a lot of other moments that were really, really good as well. The last line was good. We have to still adjust. It’s not so much about the boys and stuff, [but] yes it is, of course, in these moments,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“The first goal we concede, Trent and Joel have to react better. This pass, I don’t think it is [able] to avoid, to be 100 per cent honest. We cannot always be there and block all balls, sometimes balls will fly towards our last line. It was just a little doubt in between, but both stand on both feet – I am not sure exactly when it was, 30 minutes when they scored the first goal? – so we felt the intensity properly then, like humans are. I think it was a similar time [in the] second half, between Joey and Ibou.

“It’s nothing about speed or whatever, it is just about awareness – check the situation. In football there are no breaks. When you are really tired, that’s the thing you hate the most: there are no breaks. Apart from that, how I said, I saw a lot of good individual performances, I think really encouraging, really positive, and we can work with that, that’s it.”

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