Defence Remains the Issue for Liverpool

By: Cole Donnachie

Another frustrating afternoon for all Liverpool fans as Jurgen Klopp’s men drop more points at home against Burnley in a 1-1 draw. The main take away from today’s fixture is another shocking display from the defence.
Ragnar Klavan has once again proven he is nowhere near the quality needed to regularly play in the Premier League. Klavan constantly seemed lost when the ball was in the air and found himself out of place on Scott Arfield’s 27’ opener and on multiple other corners in the final 30 minutes almost resulting in a Burnley victory.
The results from the past seven days including a 5-0 thrashing from Man City, a 2-2 draw with Sevilla, and this draw with Burnley all solidify the argument on why there was no new defender brought in during the summer transfer window. Whether it be Lovren or Klavan in the game all supporters are left frustrated by stupid mistakes that should be routine plays. I don’t doubt that Klopp tried to pry Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton on deadline day but he should have had a backup plan if the VVD pursuit failed.
Going forward Klopp needs to figure out how to survive until the January transfer window where buying a centre back is an absolute must. Lovren must remain Klopp’s first choice behind Matip and leave Klavan to playing league cup games. I would even enjoy seeing Joe Gomez get a few goes at centre back as it is his preferred position and was originally purchased as one from Charlton Athletic.
Unless Liverpool fix their defensive woes quickly they will have no shot at competing with the top competition in the Premier League let alone if they make it out of their group in the Champions League.

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