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Published: 18:50 | 22/10/17

Klopp blasts poor defending


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his players only have themselves to blame after a 4-1 thumping by Tottenham at Wembley.

The Reds have now conceded 15 goals in five away games in the Premier League - three more than any other side, have a negative goal difference and have slipped to ninth in the table - 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

The Merseyside giants must have thought they had turned a corner after their 7-0 trouncing of Maribor in the Champions League in midweek, but it was a false dawn.

There will be renewed calls for Klopp to address defensive deficiences, which saw him fail in the summer in a bid to sign Southampton's central defender Virgil van Dijk.

All four Spurs goals were down to slopping defending, with Dejan Lovren culpable for the first two. The Croatian was replaced midway through the first-half.

Klopp told Sky Sports: "The whole game the whole result was all our fault. Tottenham was good, they needed to be good, but we made it much too easy for them.

"The first goal was a little throw in and we are not really there. It was just really bad, bad, bad defending. The second, a counter attack, when the ball passes Dejan Lovren it is already too late.

"Coming back in the game with the goal we had our chances, but it's nothing to talk about today.

"The third one, it's a completely open situation. We make the foul, again, all our fault. The fourth is a second ball and third ball for Tottenham. Their desire was bigger than ours.

"The game was finished then. We came here for a result and had not one second to get a result."

Harry Kane took his tally to the season to 17 for club and country and the Liverpool rearguard could not handle his dynamism and control.

"It was unbelievable," said the England striker. "We wanted to start fast and get the crowd on their feet. When it went to 2-1 we had to stay focused and get more chances. Getting that one before half-time really helped and I thought we played really well in the second half to see it out.

"We probably could have scored more and their goal came against the run of play. We were really pushing and could have got a third and fourth early."

Image: Getty/ Stu Forster

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