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Jurgen Klopp dismisses leaky Liverpool defence as ‘normal at the start of the season’

Jurgen Klopp is not concerned by Liverpool’s lack of clean sheets early in the season (Picture: Getty Images) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unconcerned by Liverpool’s failure to keep a clean sheet in any of the first three games of the season, dismissing the issue as ‘normal’ at the start of the campaign. The Reds lost to Manchester City in the Community Shield before beating Norwich in the Premier League and Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, but conceded in all three matches. Much of Liverpool’s Premier League success last season was based on a rock solid defence, keeping 21 clean sheets and conceding just 22 goals in 38 games. With no clean sheets in three, critics are questioning whether they can replicate that defensive success, but Klopp is entirely unconcerned ahead of their Premier League clash at Southampton on Saturday. ‘We know that we have to improve a couple of things, but things will come when we are longer together and we get used to it again,’ said the German at a press conference on Friday. Olivier Giroud scored against the Reds in the Super Cup on Wednesday (Picture: Getty Images) ‘Unfortunately football is not like cycling, you can lose it a bit but we will get back on our best path and that is what we will try. ‘In the early part of the season you just have to find a way to win. ‘We played Man City, probably the best team in the world, we played Chelsea who have an outstandingly good team, and we played Norwich who had chances, but that’s normal at the start of the season. ‘We have to get better at controlling the game, but that’s normal, it’s all normal. ‘We didn’t get worse over the summer at defending, why would we? There’s no reason for that. Other teams have good players and we have to respect that.’ More: FootballJurgen Klopp hits back at criticism of Liverpool's defence so far this seasonYou can now get packets of cookie dough flavoured MunchiesA third of millennial renters can't afford to go their friends' weddings, study shows Klopp has not been helped by injury to his first choice goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, and now back-up stopper, Adrian, potentially missing the Southampton clash with a freak injury. Becker limped out of the Norwich game with a calf problem, then Adrian was hit in the ankle by a fan running onto the pitch after the UEFA Super Cup win on Wednesday. This could see Andy Lonergan come into the team after spending last season at Rochdale where he made seven appearances in League One. MORE: Why Liverpool’s defence must improve if they are to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title MORE: Graeme Souness tears into Liverpool’s defence after their Super Cup win over Chelsea...

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Published By: Metro - 7 days ago







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