Craig Bellamy: Jurgen Klopp not to blame for Liverpool FC’s defensive problems
The former Liverpool FC striker doesn't blame Jurgen Klopp for the Reds' defensive problems this season
Craig Bellamy is refusing to blame Jurgen Klopp for Liverpool’s defensive problems.
The Reds lost 4-1 to title contenders Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend following goals from Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.
Liverpool have already conceded 15 times in five games this season to raise serious questions about their defence heading into the remaining 31 games of the season.
Klopp failed to sign Virgil van Dijk in the summer transfer window despite the Southampton centre-half handing in a transfer request that was rejected.
Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip are Klopp’s current options at centre-half, but the trio have continued to leak goals.
Former Liverpool striker Bellamy refused to blame Klopp for the Merseyside outfit’s deficiencies.
“I find it difficult to direct the whole blame at Klopp on this,” Bellamy told Sky Sports.
“Defensively, because they press from the front, they hold a high line. It’s just been individual mistakes that have let them down. It’s the same players. That would frustrate me.
“People say they haven’t done enough defensive work. But in this league, you can’t get away with defensive mistakes.
“Over the past few seasons, it’s been the same players.”
Liverpool haven’t won the Premier League title but finished in second place in 2002, 2009 and 2014.
The Reds are in ninth place in the Premier League table.