Saturday 21 July 2018

Liverpool boss fuming after set-piece horror proves costly

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Mark Mann-Bryans

Jurgen Klopp agrees his side must work on defending set-pieces after yesterday's last-gasp equaliser at Watford. After seeing his side ship two goals from corners, Klopp said Liverpool will attempt to rectify the issue, even though he highlighted other problems he wants to address.

"They didn't create too much with the ball but of course they scored two goals and in a specific situation where everyone will say, 'Oh, it was a set-piece'," Klopp said. "We defended most of them really well, but at the end is it enough if we concede one goal? No. We have to work on it.

"But for us different things are important, the physicality in the beginning - not ready for these things. That can happen on the first match-day. No direction in the first half but much better in the second half. Playing football but it leads to nothing. There are a lot of things to work on."

Klopp was also unhappy that two of Watford's goals - including Britos' late leveller - could have been disallowed for offside.

"We had our moments, then we conceded an offside goal. That's really not fun," he added. "You cannot watch the situation and not be sure if it was offside. We conceded two offside goals."

Marco Silva marked his first competitive match as Watford boss with a point that he felt his players had earned through their performance.

"Of course I think it is a good result for us and a fair result," he said. "It was a very good first half for our team, good rhythm. I didn't like the first 25 minutes of the second half. We expected a good reaction from our opponents but to play with the same intensity.

"We reacted well and left it until the end, it is really important to us and we really, really deserved the result as well."

There were familiar problems at the back for Liverpool, who were dogged by a weakness at set-pieces last season.

"We're disappointed with the result, especially after leading for so long in the second half," said captain Jordan Henderson.

"We've conceded from a set-piece, that's disappointing, that needs to change quickly if we're going to do anything this season. There were positives but we've got to see the game out."

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