Mark Lawrenson: Where Liverpool FC really struggle under Jurgen Klopp
The Liverpool FC legend admits Jurgen Klopp's side have really struggled to manage games this season
Mark Lawrenson has highlighted Liverpool FC’s inability to manage games as their real weakness under Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds squandered a 1-0 lead and a 2-1 advantage to draw 2-2 with top-six rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in the Premier League last weekend.
The Merseyside outfit are in third place in the Premier League table but a mere two points ahead of Tottenham in fifth spot.
Liverpool FC have earned a reputation for allowing opponents back into Champions League and Premier League games this season despite being in commanding positions.
Klopp signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a club record £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.
Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson urged the Reds to learn how to manage games under Klopp if the Merseyside club are to progress.
“Where Liverpool struggle is when they try to manage games, and last week’s draw with Tottenham was the perfect example,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“They played well in the first half of that game, but were completely under the cosh after the break.
“Then they scored a goal out of nothing from Mohamed Salah in the 91st minute – but could not see out the remaining time without conceding. It is just not in their DNA to do that.”
Liverpool FC will make the trip to Southampton in their next Premier League game at St Mary’s on Sunday evening.
The Reds will make the trip to Portugal on Wednesday night to take on Porto in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash.
Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world following his big-money move from the Saints last month.