Jurgen Klopp responds to claim that Liverpool were ‘too open’

The manager pushes back against criticism of his team

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Liverpool manager responds to criticism that his team were ‘too open’ in last night’s 2-2 draw in the FA Cup against Wolves.

“I can understand (how) it looks open in moments but it is just open because we think we can win the challenge and then we don’t win it and that’s then really tricky to deal with in the end,” said Klopp.

“It’s not that they had now chance after chance; what it causes us is a lot of effort to put it right in the end and if you are already there, so you could win it where you are, then you don’t have to run back and try to solve the problems there.”

With only 8 clean sheets out of 27 games  Liverpool’s defensive solidity has been lacking at important moments during the season.

They have also conceded the first goal in over half of their matches so far. Klopp was asked if this was a concern to him.

“Not in general, but in moments. It’s not concerning, you watch a game and then you see the things that happen.

“Whatever you play, high-line, deeper-line, ball-orientated, man-orientated – you have to win challenges. There is no alternative.”

Liverpool face high flying Brighton away next in the Premier League on Saturday Jamuary 14th.

Klopp briefly discussed the clash.

“I mentioned it already now in the dressing room and I will mention it again as the next team we face is Brighton, who are famous for playing proper football.

“If you don’t defend properly there, then why should we go there?”

The FA Cup replay against Wolves is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 17th at Molineux Stadium.

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