Nathaniel Clyne claims Liverpool have been solid at the back recently

Southampton's Sofiane Boufal in action with Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne

Liverpool have received some criticism for their defending so far this season.

Southampton's Sofiane Boufal in action with Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne

Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has told the club's official website that he feels the side has been solid defensively of late.

Many are under the impression that Jurgen Klopp's side are quite vulnerable at the back - with the 0-0 draw with Southampton registering only their second clean sheet in the league this season - and he was keen on praising the players ahead of the back line, who do the defending from the front.

Clyne told "We have been solid of late and not giving the opponents any chances to get a shot at goal and keeping it strong at the back.

"Also, credit to the forward players who are pressing really hard at the very top end of the pitch, which stops them creating any chances. Our total dominance of the football match is helping us defensively in the games."

No one could argue with the defensive display that Liverpool produced at Southampton at the weekend as the Saints did not have a single shot on target.

Southampton's Charlie Austin reacts after a missed chance as Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne looks on

While there is a lot of talk about Liverpool leaking goals, since Joel Matip came into the back line the Reds have been relatively settled at the back, with Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva and Ragnar Klavan all getting the odd appearance whenever Dejan Lovren or James Milner have been unable to play.

Any goals that have been conceded have usually been when Liverpool are comfortably ahead in the game and when it seems the Reds have taken their foot off the gas and lost concentration. 

That is something that they might want to improve, but you rarely see a side have a flurry of chances against the Reds this season while, at times, they are blowing away the opposition at the other end of the field. 

Regular watchers of Liverpool can see that they give fewer chances away than it is perceived, but they will want a few more clean sheets to their name in the coming weeks. If people start to think that Liverpool are free scoring and are not giving much away, it could have a huge psychological effect on sides. 

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne heads wide

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