Jurgen Klopp explains what Liverpool discussed in honest team meeting
The Liverpool manager lifts the lid on his team meeting with his players after their 3-2 loss to Swansea City
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Liverpool held a meeting to discuss the soft goals that the Reds have conceded in 2017 after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Swansea City.
The Merseyside outfit failed to take their chance to move to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday afternoon after Liverpool finished on the wrong side of a five-goal thriller.
Fernando Llorente scored twice at the start of the second half to put the visitors in a commanding 2-0 lead before Roberto Firmino levelled the Premier League clash with a quick-fire brace.
However, Iceland international Gylfi Sigurdsson exposed Liverpool’s fragile defence as the attacking midfielder netted a 74th-minute winner to leave Anfield in stunned silence.
Liverpool have conceded six goals in three games in the Premier League in 2017 so far.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Southampton in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, Klopp lifted the lid on his meeting with the players after their 3-2 defeat.
“We have a lot of meetings,” Klopp said. “It was because the goals we have conceded in 2017 have been a little bit of the same story.
“The influence of throw-ins is a little bit too big on the goals we concede. It’s not that teams create a lot of chances against us. That’s still a good sign. OK, Manchester United had a few, but I think that’s the nature of the thing. But usually, they don’t create a lot and still score.
“A few weeks ago, everybody spoke about the goalkeeper. That has absolutely no influence on the goals we’re conceding at the moment. We can’t say it’s only the centre-half. Very often, the last mistake happens in this region, but that would be too easy.
“So we spoke about this and a few other things. Actually, it was a lot about what I spoke about in the press conference. It’s about enjoying the role we have.
“We are Liverpool, and a really good football-playing side, and we don’t enjoy the job we have to do. If you are another team at the bottom of the league, then we have to defend 80 to 90 per cent of the time, and 10 per cent you can invest in counter-attacks and sometimes a set-piece, and all that stuff.
“In our job, in 70 to 80 per cent of all games, we are dominant. So we have to enjoy this, even when we don’t come through after five minutes. That’s how it is. That’s the job to do. They concentrate even then on defensive situations. It was a football meeting with a few other parts of the game.”