Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have answered his critics about not signing a left-back.
In his press conference, the Liverpool manager insinuated that he has enough cover for the left-back position, and also stated that it was not about money, but about finding the right personnel that fits his team’s playing style as well as defensive and offensive skills and technical ability.
Klopp made it clear that he had not found the right player at left back to improve the squad thus far but made it clear that he has enough personnel at the club to do a job if needed at left-back.
With criticism aimed at Alberto Moreno for giving away a penalty during the Arsenal game by fans, ex-players and the press, Klopp was quick to defend his left-back, by stressing that the errors could have been avoided had the team defended better as a unit.
“We do this all time when somebody was not too good that we talk about it in a press conference?” it was obvious the manager was not happy.
“That’s cool, I’m looking forward to it! He was involved in the penalty situation, right? So that’s something of course. We always spoke about how we can defend together differently because the situation was created two times before the penalty situation.
“In my opinion, we could have avoided this situation in five or six times before and then it came to the situation where Alberto could have done better – that’s right. But that’s all. I don’t really understand what we are talking about.
“Are we talking about Alberto Moreno because he did not defend so good in the game against Arsenal? I told you a lot times that I cannot be interested in the criticisms from other people.
“Alberto played, so there should be a reason for it. That’s what I’m thinking about, not what other people want me to think about a player.
“Should I read more newspapers or something? The world is not satisfied with our left-back, or what?”
“We have to make decisions and the most comfortable thing in this situation is having three players for every position,” he explained.
“So one can get injured, and if another gets injured during a game, you still have an option. It’s not about being risky on one position or something like this. It’s how it is with all other positions – we would’ve found the perfect fit with all the things around, it’s not about money, only about playing style, defending skills, offensive skills, and technical skills.
“If we would’ve found this, then I think you would know because we would have made a transfer.”
“We have a lot of players in our opinion who can play, in our style, at left full-back,” he said.
“You can say ‘they are not left-backs’, but we are not blind. What I hear now is that a lot of people aren’t happy with the solution of Alberto Moreno there, well, I’m sorry about this.
“Milly can player there, and he played really well if you saw the Barcelona game. I had a talk with him and asked him what his opinion is on it. He’s an experienced player and I don’t want to force a new position on a player.vI want players to be convinced by themselves.
“Clyne has played it, we have a wonderful young player in Trent Alexander who plays right full-back.
“Ragnar Klavan, on a very defensive day, he can play left full-back. We have a lot of options and you can say ‘take another one,’ that’s possible but only if it really is the guy we want.
“You have to build a squad where everyone sees the perspective to play. The problem with transfers is that nobody cares about the players who are still here.
“What should we do with them? Put them away somewhere? It’s about commitment. If we expect commitment from the players, we have to show commitment too. It’s about work and development.
Watch Jurgen Klopp’s press conference below.