Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool boss, has revealed details of a team summit he held after their shock defeat to Swansea City over the weekend.
The 3 – 2 loss ended a 12 month unbeaten run on home ground and was the latest poor result in a difficult start to the year which has seen the team win just one of six games in all competitions. Later today they face Southampton in the EFL Cup, they are hosting the Wolves in the FA Cup this weekend and then face Chelsea in the Premier League next week.
Speaking with the club’s official website Klopp said that the “goals we have conceded in 2017 have been a little bit of the same story. The influence of throw-ins is a little bit too big on the goals we concede. It’s not that teams create a lot of chances against us. That’s still a good sign.”
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He said that in the special team summit they spoke about that and a number of other issues including the importance of enjoying the game. He said that most of the time the team is dominant and that it is essential they enjoy that position.
The team has been without some key players in recent weeks, such as Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip. However, Klopp said that the team isn’t reliant on individuals and when mistakes happen it is usual “seven or eight players who could have done something differently”.
He said that the team needs to do better “as a defensive unit” and that they discussed this at great length after the Swansea game.
He went on to say that he thinks the team is ready for the rest of the season and that while the feeling at the club isn’t as positive as it was, it is time to “bring that positivity back.”