Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool need to go ‘back to basics’ defensively having leaked a surprising amount of goals at the start of the season.
The Reds have looked a lot less convincing defensively at the start of the current campaign, having seemed near impenetrable in previous years, and were ran ragged by Brighton on Saturday as they conceded three in an entertaining draw.
That result means that Liverpool now sit in ninth place in the Premier League – a whopping 11 points adrift of pace-setters Arsenal.
Speaking to the press ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Rangers, Klopp admitted that he is not happy with the club’s recent defensive record.
“We’re conceding a lot of similar goals,” he said. “When the timing in our defending is not perfect, we’re a bit open.
“The gap is open for a short moment and Brighton used it quite often, passed through the lines where they could turn. We need to be more compact.
“We have that in our mind. We know that. We said last week defending is an art and it worked well for a long time and when it doesn’t work you realise how much you have to go back to basics.
“We need to defend consistently better. We need to attack consistently better.”
Klopp also took the time to discuss what he expects from the clash with the Gers: “They will be dangerous in any situation, even without our players being low in confidence. Low confidence happens to everyone, even Ronaldo and Messi.
“When you prepare for a game you prepare for a game independent of the situation. Rangers have done well in general but results in Champions League haven’t gone the way they wanted so we expect a fight.
“A good football team. well-coached. An exceptional European season last season and a big achievement to qualify for the Champions League. I saw the Hearts game and they’re a really good football team so that’s what we have to prepare for. We expect a proper fight, a real fight.”
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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