Liverpool’s defence has been an area of weakness now for up to six years. Long gone are the days under Benetiz where Liverpool fans could see Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Reina, Mascherano and Xabi Alonso line up at Anfield. All six players featured heavily in the 2008-09 season, where Liverpool came 2nd to Manchester United. The year before, Liverpool had been beaten in their second Champions League final in three years. Compared to the Liverpool side under Klopp’s stewardship today, its chalk and cheese.
To apportion any blame on Klopp for Liverpool defensive fragility would be ludicrous. He could have used the January window to strengthen (Steven Caulker seems to offer up little else than defensive cover in an injury crisis), but everything points to a summer squad overhaul for Klopp to start formulating a team that carries his name and his footballing philosophy. Joel Matip may well just be the first of many a name to arrive at Anfield before the start of the 2016-17 season. Continue reading “Is Joel Matip the answer for Klopp’s defensive woes?”