Jurgen Klopp Defends Summer Transfer Strategy, Central Defense

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Liverpool - Jurgen Klopp admitted his Liverpool side must improve defensively after more problems at the back cost them two home points in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Burnley. "We need to enjoy the job, because that's what Burnley are doing".

Jurgen Klopp says it feels "strange" and "wrong" that Liverpool could only muster a point against Burnley at Anfield.

Dyche said Burnley deliberately targeted Alexander-Arnold in the air and while that tactic paid dividends they did not allow Liverpool a monopoly on weak defending against a long ball.

Centre-backs Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip failed to deal with a cross into the box and Chris Wood's unchallenged knockdown allowed Arfield to coolly slot into the bottom corner to give Burnley - winless at Anfield since 1974 - a shock lead after 27 minutes. Our shape was good and Popey was excellent in goal.

Klopp looked furious. "We could have defended much better", he said.

On the half hour, Emre Can's ball to Salah was met with the Egyptian's chest. Not as influential after the break but probably should have been awarded a late penalty when he surged into the box and was felled by Mee.

Coutinho was linked with Barcelona throughout the summer window after handing in a transfer request at Anfield, although a transfer to the Nou Camp failed to materialise after Liverpool refused to sell the Brazil global.

On the back of a subdued midweek cameo against Sevilla, Coutinho resumed normal service with his trademark jinking runs and timely lay-off passes. Simon Mignolet will likely replace Karius in the goal. The defender's first was headed off the line by Matip.

This will be Liverpool's first of three matches without Sadio Mané as he serves a ban following a red card against Manchester City.

Midfielder James Milner subsequently stayed on as Roberto Firmino and Coutinho made way for Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Both were stretching it.

A lot of their problems could be chalked up to Klopp's excessive use of counter-attacking since teams seem happy to relinquish the ball and await their chance, exactly like Burnley.

"They made seven changes today for players who they brought in for absolute fortunes".

"That's how we reacted in building the squad [in the summer], so we have options". The German has come under the gun for not drafting in defensive reinforcements this summer, but for all the deflecting, he's right in stressing that one player isn't going to fix our problems.

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