What Brendan Rodgers said about adding a defensive coach at Liverpool in 2014

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Liverpool must be ruing their failed pursuit of Virgil van Dijk in the summer.

The Reds flinched when Southampton accused them of pushing too aggressively for the centre-back and decided to proceed with Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez as their defensive options.

It’s really not in the least bit surprising, then, that only two teams have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season than Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Liverpool have allowed 12 goals, more than 18th placed Swansea and 19th placed Bournemouth.

This is the same team, remember, who Klopp challenged to win the title back in July.

"Yes we will be playing for the Championship, that’s what we did last season when we finished fourth," Klopp said.

"You don’t start a season without ambition. I think we have our goals and I think we have a good team now.”


Rodgers was asked whether he'd bring in defensive help

According to the Daily Mail’s Dominic King, Klopp has no plans to bring in another coach to add to his trusted assistants, Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz.

It’s an eerily similar situation to the one Brendan Rodgers found himself in when he was Liverpool boss.

The Reds kept just two clean sheets in their opening 12 matches of the 2014-15 season, prompting Rodgers to be asked whether he would bring in a defensive coach.

The Northern Irishman, however, believed there was no need to do so, insisting he needed to “reinforce basic principles at defensive set pieces”.

Rodgers: 'It is just a lack of coaching time that is hurting us'

“There is no chance of us bringing in a defensive coach,” Rodgers said, per The Guardian.

“We have conceded a large number of soft goals, there’s no argument about that, but I think it is just a lack of coaching time that is hurting us.

"We need to reinforce basic principles at defensive set pieces, but we know that already. We have to get better and we will be working on it.

“When I first came in I was asked whether I would bring someone in to help the strikers score goals. I didn’t, and we got goals anyway.


“I think what we have this year is more games to carry, which takes a slight intensity out of us. We are in the big competitions now and there is an added expectancy on us, which there should be.

“We are Liverpool. When you concede the goals that we have been conceding there will always be questions asked of you. We need to answer those questions and I believe we can.

“In terms of bringing someone else in, we don’t need it.”

Liverpool conceded 48 goals in the 2014-15 season, the third-highest amount of any team in the top 10, and Rodgers was sacked less than three months into the following campaign.

Take note, Jurgen.

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