Liverpool legend blames Jurgen Klopp for side's woeful defence
Jurgen Klopp as a problem in defence (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes sealing the transfer of Virgil van Dijk won’t be enough to sort out the Reds’ defence as the issues there are down to manager Jurgen Klopp.

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The Merseyside giants got off to a nightmare start this season as they drew 3-3 with Watford in their opening game at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

Liverpool’s sloppy marking saw them concede twice from set pieces against the Hornets, and Carragher has laid the blame at Klopp’s poor record in that department since he took over.

Liverpool legend blames Jurgen Klopp for side's woeful defence
Klopp’s side shipped three goals to Watford (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s a down to the manager,’ Carragher told Sky Sports after the game.

‘(Liverpool’s) set-pieces are the worst in the league. You see the same thing year in, year out. It’s not rocket science, set-pieces and counter-attacks.

Liverpool legend blames Jurgen Klopp for side's woeful defence
Jamie Carragher isn’t convinced Virgil van Dijk would solve Liverpool’s issues (Picture: Getty)

‘One man won’t change Liverpool’s defence. On average, Liverpool concede almost fifty games a season.’

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Burnley (H) – Sat Sep 16

Liverpool have been strongly linked all summer with a move for £60million-rated Southampton defender Van Dijk, but have so far failed to bring him in.

Carragher is clearly sceptical if the investment would be worth it, with Klopp under increasing pressure to improve things at Anfield after poor defending cost them a serious title challenge last season.

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