The game this weekend was a crazy one.  10 shots on target for both teams and 9 goals.  Our defense is hemorrhaging goals from set pieces.   With injuries to Skrtel and Lovren we have Toure and Sakho and Caulker to rely on.  Against Sakho, I mainly noticed Sakho putting himself about and trying to win headers and win the ball.  I have a feeling that it’s Clyne and Moreno that’s weakening our defense.  Both are so focused on getting forward that our defense is so easily stretched and Lucas doesn’t have the legs to cover the line.  Can is by no means whatsoever a defensive midfielder.  I haven’t seen him covering for the defensive but he makes great driving runs forward.  I’m hoping with Flanno back and Smith they can give moreno and clyne competition.  I’m really concerned with Jordan Ibe.  His delivery into the box is so poor, he’s very 1 dimensional in that he runs towards the defender, instead of getting a yard and putting the ball in but overall his decision making has been wrong consistently.  The lallana sub had changed the game.  I haven’t seen good wing play from Ibe, perhaps he could play as a forward and see how that works out for him.  I compare him to Sterling and Sterling, I hate to admit, showed alot different qualities, crossing, dribbling and finishing and really showed improvement which is a stark contrast to Ibe.  Benteke has been too close to defenders and hasn’t been running behind or stretching defenders.  Many fans have a go at him but we don’t play to his strengths.  It’s very much a 2 way commitment where others need to deliver quality and he will make an effort to get on the end of them.  Mignolet has been given 5 year deal and to be honest I feel like he is a poor keeper.  We need a top keeper and I’m not convinced he’s the right quality we need.  Arsenal is a good example of what a good keeper can do.  At the end of the day, Klopp has alot to do.  What gives me a bit solace is that he has the first and last say for transfers and us fans know who we can praise or hold responsible which really wasn’t the case with Rodgers.

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warrior18
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I think a fully fit flanno is a shoe-in for either the RB or LB possitions, he could definitely take that LB spot from moreno in a heartbeat imo, he knows how to defend and is a great passer of the ball and not afraid of a tackle, i can’t wait till he’s up and running, he’d be in my starting 11 all day long.

Huytonian
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Clyne can play left back as well, so either he or Flanno could play left back with the other at right back. Joe Gomez can also cover both full back positions next season. Moreno is fine going forward and in one on ones but his positional sense is non existent (and his common sense is also lacking at times). I think you are being harsh on Ibe. He was only 20 last month and is very much learning the game. His final ball needs improvement but very often he gets in a position to cross and there’s nobody in the box to cross to. I have some sympathy with Benteke as he doesn’t get the best service but his movement and workrate need to improve if he is to become a first choice. I totally agree about Mignolet. He isn’t good enough for a team challenging for the title which we need to be. If we had a Ceck, Courtois or DeGea in our goal we would be in the top 4 now.

Simply Red
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With the defense leaking goals shouldn’t it be a priority to sign a better keeper who can save something

sandiphulse
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Unfortunately it’s not just not Migs, the team does not clear the ball when defending set pieces and they keep putting pressure on Migs… it has to be an organized defending before we completely write off Migs … having said that Migs is not someone who would be any title winning team… hopefully in Summer we should get a top GK…

Koped49
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Keeper and central defender is required to give competition for hoses places, we have that now flano is back, and once Gomez is back it makes it interesting, as I know he can play any where across the back line.

Koped49
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Keeper and central defender is required to give competition for those places, we have that now flano is back, and once Gomez is back it makes it interesting, as I know he can play any where across the back line. The defence need to tighten up, and some times you just have to put your foot through th ball, even if it ends up in Row z.

KLOPPite
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I think the defensive relationships make an interesting study. Do bomb-forward fullbacks weaken the center backs by leaving them exposed? Do shaky center backs put the keeper on edge because he isn’t sure they will make the interception/tackle/clearance? Does a wobbly keeper return the favor and put off the center backs because they don’t have the faith that if they make an occasional mistake they know he has their back, so they pucker up?
I think defensively Flanno will be an improvement on Moreno IF he’s fully recovered, which remains to be seen. I think Clyne has been one of our most consistent players of the season and don’t think Flanno pushes him out. And let’s not forget that Gonez was routinely targeted and found wanting by other teams after his first few initial good performances. I think his time at fullback will serve his understanding of playing center back as opposed to being his future.

Huytonian
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I think a team is only as strong as its weakest link, so if the keeper is shaky the central defenders will be on edge and if the central defenders are weak it puts extra pressure on the keeper.

Gomez is very young (even younger than Rossiter) and full back is not his natural position, though I suspect he’d do better on the right being right footed. I too see him as a centre half but it may be a while before he can be trusted there so he may have to be content with full back for a couple of years. I know klopp doesn’t like the loan system but he’s one that might benefit.

KLOPPite
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I think you give Sterling too much credit. His finishing was awful. His last season here, if he could of had a decent (not even good) strike rate we probably get out of CL group stage and make a run at top 4. We dropped many points because he couldn’t finish.

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