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Klopp has a lot of work to do this summer.

Jurgen Klopp must fix Liverpool's leaky defence by bringing in reinforcements this summer

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Jurgen Klopp has won many admirers since arriving in England last October to take over as Liverpool manager.

His energy, passion and honest style have been a breath of fresh air in a world where cliches have become the standard response for managers in pre and post press conferences.

Liverpool legend Kevin Keegan is one of many to have given Klopp his seal of approval, saying at a reunion dinner of the Reds' 1974 FA Cup winning side: "I think Jurgen Klopp is the perfect fit for this club. What I like the most about him is that he wears his heart on his sleeve.

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"He kicks and heads every ball, and that passion is one of the reasons fans love him, I hope he gets the club back to what it was."

Whilst Liverpool's league position has hardly improved since the German succeeded Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield helm, team spirit and morale has improved immeasurably.

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Flaws are still evident in Klopp's squad, though, with frequent lapses in concentration and poor defending particularly costing them; Liverpool have dropped the most points (17) from winning positions this season.

This renowned weakness was evident once again in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday, taking the lead through Philippe Coutinho only to be pegged back by another outstanding Harry Kane finish.

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In contrast, Tottenham have won the most points from losing positions (19) - a clear reason why the two sides sit where they do in the Premier League.

Mario Gotze is a name to have been linked with a move to Merseyside recently yet the club's defence is where their problems lie and must be attended to over the summer.

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Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel are all prone to mistakes, which isn't ideal for a side with Champions League aspirations - and that's without mentioning the much-maligned Simon Mignolet.

Investing in a solid back four this summer to perform week in, week out might not be as 'sexy' as a new 25-goals-per-season striker or world-class midfielder, but if this season has taught us anything, it's that a strong defence can prove the difference between a trophyless season and Premier League glory.

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