Jan Molby explains the one area Klopp’s Liverpool need to improve

Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool legend Molby has been disappointed with set-pieces this season.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Jan Molby has explained the one area he wants to see Jurgen Klopp work on at Melwood, claiming that the Reds’ set-pieces are well below par.

Molby said: “One thing he could perhaps be working on is our set pieces, after all we had five corner takers on Sunday. Set pieces are more important than they’ve ever been because clubs put so much effort into them. For several years now I’ve thought we’re asking for corner and free kicks to be absolutely perfect. You see people with their arms up in the box. Forget that, just get it into a central area away from the goalkeeper and go from there.”

Liverpool are trying far too hard with their set-pieces this season, although it is not a problem only associated with them.

Set-piece routines are such a big part of the game, and if used perfectly, they are almost impossible to defend.

However, they are hard to pull off, and it is not a surprise to see a team fail with all their set-pieces in a game.

Molby believes that this focus upon set-pieces is now becoming a distraction, and he would prefer to just see the ball put in the box for players to challenge.

As long as the goalkeeper cannot claim it too easily, the ball will cause chaos in the opposition penalty area, and even if Liverpool cannot score directly from it, there is the chance of a rebound or clearance falling to someone to strike the ball into the back of the net.

It is an old fashioned view, but Molby does make a suggestion which is obvious considering Liverpool’s recent struggles with set-pieces.

Klopp has made some impressive changes since arriving at Anfield as head coach, but it may be time for him to look to the past with this one area of his game, especially when a powerful forward such as Christian Benteke is being waisted at set-pieces.

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