Why Jurgen Klopp needs to eradicate Liverpool errors to build momentum

J├╝rgen Klopp through a car window

Betting on a 1-1 draw seems to be something of a banker when it comes to Liverpool.

One of the more shocking statistics surrounding Liverpool this season has been that they have only managed to find the net more than once in a game on just the one occasion this season. 

During that time they have played a newly promoted Bournemouth side, League Two Carlisle United and a struggling Aston Villa - but only the latter of the trio have been exposed time and again when the Reds won 3-2 at the end of last month in the Premier League - the last win of the Brendan Rodgers era at Anfield.

Then there is this inability to hold on to slender leads. It is well documented how fragile the Reds were as a defensive unit prior to the appointment of Jurgen Klopp with Sunday becoming the sixth time this season in all competitions that Liverpool have taken the lead but drawn 1-1 within 90 minutes. 

So, naturally games like the result at the weekend against Southampton are going to happen in the infancy of his reign as it demonstrates one particular problem that needs to be addressed. Christian Benteke, the goalscorer at the weekend, touched on the aspect of needing to kill games off by scoring more than one goal in an interview with the club's official website.

Klopp himself thinks that part of it is belief, telling reporters after the game, as per the club website: “The ball is in the air and everybody goes, ‘Oh my God, something will happen’, that’s what you have to change. You have to work, you have to analyse, and then you have to work on [it].

“That’s what we have to do now and that’s what we are doing. I hope I’m not the only person in this stadium who thought it’s not the end of the world."

Identifying the problem is the first step to solving it. For too long whenever an opposition side has been on the front foot at Anfield, fans have feared the worst. The Reds are far from free flowing, and while they are getting players back from injury - with Daniel Sturridge still sidelined and Christian Benteke along with Roberto Firmino still getting back up to speed, their defence needs to be pretty resolute.

As a result, the side needs to be dogged and grind out the results from when they're 1-0 up. Klopp has succeeded in one area by making the shape pretty compact but the vulnerability from a ball over the top and set pieces is still there for all to see, and it'll be surprising if the area isn't worked on by the German and his backroom staff.

But, as James Milner alluded to in an interview with the Liverpool Echo, there is a real risk of it becoming a problem with Liverpool's mentality. Conceding poor goals to sides of the calibre of Sion and Carlisle United and then failure to break them down thereafter can not be a great help at all. 

Going forward there are mitigating circumstances at present on the goalscoring front, Liverpool currently have their first choice back five available, and their most natural defensive midfielder in Lucas Leiva in pretty good form. Cutting out errors and being dogged is exactly what they need to be in the coming games in order for Klopp's side to build momentum.

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