Defensive lapses returned to plague Liverpool in the 2-2 Champions League draw at home Sevilla last night, and once again the club’s failure to sign a new central defender was brought up.
The Reds were heavily linked with Southampton’s £65million-rated centre-back Virgil van Dijk in the summer but had to publicly withdraw their interest after a tapping-up row.
With Saints refusing to sell at any price it was an area of the team which was not strengthened and defensive lapses – not the first this season – cost them as Sevilla scored from their only two shots on target.
“I know you are always looking for this thing – the defence was always something being talked about: ‘We didn’t sign this or that’,” he said.
“If these problems could be solved by one player you can imagine we would have put all our money into it and say: ‘Let’s do this’.
“It is about being dominant and losing a bit of a grip on the game in all the defensive moments. There is space for improvement. We need to learn to be dominant and not give easy goals.
“It is not a general defending problem but we have to improve 100 per cent.”