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Jurgen Klopp: Adding one defender wouldn't fix Liverpool's issues

Published on: 13 September 2017

Steve Nicol and the rest of the FC pundits continue to be astonished by Jurgen Klopp's tactics in the back as Liverpool give away two easy goals. A missed penalty denied Liverpool the chance to make it five wins from five for English teams in UCL opening matches. Roberto Firmino missed a penalty in the first half that could have proved to be the deciding goal against Sevilla at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's appeal of Sadio Mane's ban was a waste of time.

LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool's defensive issues would not be solved by signing a certain defender after his side were frustrated by Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw in their Group E Champions League opener, with their defensive frailties evident as the La Liga snatched a draw at Anfield.

First-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah cancelled out Wissam Ben Yedder's opener after five minutes.

Firmino hit the post from a penalty kick shortly before half-time, and Liverpool were made to pay for their lack of ruthlessness when Joaquin Correa equalised in the 72nd minute.

Speaking at his postmatch news conference, Klopp said: "The first goal starts in a situation in the midfield when we can shoot the ball easily away.

"Emre I think this game today was the opposite.

"The main reason for this was the desire, the greed and the passion of my team, and all respect for Sevilla because they never gave up.

"They were lucky with the penalty for sure, maybe a second penalty [was] possible, [but] we had more chances and that's important that we have chances, that we create.

"Even against a defensively really well organised side, we created a lot of chances -- we didn't use them, that's the truth, but in football it's really important you keep on going.

"There is a lot from this game on which we can build and that's what we will try, of course."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.


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