Jurgen Klopp ‘dumb’ to neglect Liverpool’s defence, says ex-midfielder

Ex Man United midfielder Eamonn Dunphy criticises Jurgen Klopp for neglecting Liverpool's defence

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp is “dumb beyond belief” to neglect Liverpool’s defence, says ex Manchester United midfielder Eamonn Dunphy.

The Reds played out a 1-1 draw with Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday to extend their winless run to three games in all competitions.

The Merseyside outfit have already conceded 14 times in eight games in all competitions to raise questions about Liverpool’s defence.

Klopp was thought to be keen on Southampton club captain Virgil van Dijk but Liverpool couldn’t agree a deal to sign the Netherlands international from the Saints.

The Liverpool boss has been alternating between Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip in the Champions League and the Premier League in the current campaign so far.

Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor in October 2015 but Liverpool’s defence hasn’t notably improved under the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

Former Manchester United midfielder Dunphy has criticised Klopp for failing to address the obvious problems in the Liverpool defence.

“I liked Klopp when he came,” Dunphy told RTE Sport. “There was a high press and an excitement. He improved players. But it’s irresponsible to neglect the defensive side of the game the way he does.

“The hardest thing in football is to create and score goals. To get forwards like Salah, Mane, Firmino and Coutinho, who can beat people from nothing and create danger. That is the most coveted thing.

“There’s something wrong with this guy. He doesn’t see it, doesn’t know how to put it right.

“The most fundamental and easiest thing is to get your defence (right) and get your team organised when you haven’t got the ball.

“They were notorious for giving setpiece goals away. First game of the season, away to Watford, first setpiece is a corner – back of the net.

“Same game, having taken the lead, in injury-time, the last kick of the game is a Watford corner – back of the net.

“There’s something wrong with this guy. He doesn’t see it, doesn’t know how to put it right. I love the creativity of their forward players but this is dumb, beyond forgiveness.”

Liverpool lost 5-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League earlier this month to raise questions about their title challenge.

The Reds have beaten Arsenal and Crystal Palace in the top-flight campaign so far but drawn with Watford and Burnley.

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