In the past few years, Liverpool’s defence have always held them back.
With Liverpool’s defence again preventing them from challenging for the title last year, it seemed that Jurgen Klopp would finally try and resolve the team’s biggest problem.
However, after failing to sign Virgil Van Dijk, Klopp decided that Liverpool’s options in the centre of defence was good enough for the team to be successful.
Speaking in August, the German said: “Look out there and tell me five (centre backs) that would make us stronger. Five. Then you win a prize.
“We have four (centre backs). I don’t think we need more. In the moment I’m fine.
“I don’t see it [the defence] as a concern.”
What a mistake. Dejan Lovren has had a woeful start to the year; being culpable for many of the goals the team has conceded. He was hauled off after only 30 minutes against Tottenham on Sunday.
Ragnar Klavan has also failed to impress when called upon, and whilst Joel Matip is better than both, question marks still remain about his quality.
Liverpool’s goalkeepers have also drawn criticism.
As a result, Liverpool have conceded an alarming 16 goals in nine Premier League games, giving them the sixth worst defence in England’s top tier.
And after watching his side make numerous schoolboy errors against Tottenham on Sunday, Klopp seems to have had enough.
In order to resolve his defensive issues, the Mirror have claimed that Klopp is set to ring the changes in defence.
The Mirror claim that Dejan Lovren is set to be dropped, but Ragnar Klavan is not the man to replace him.
In fact, they report that Joe Gomez will make the transition from right back to the middle of defence, with Trent Alexander-Arnold set to continue at right back.
The paper also claim that Klopp is again considering his goalkeeping options, with the German set to give Loris Karius another stint in goal.
If true, these changes will be a bold move by Klopp, who will be putting great trust in youth to resolve Liverpool’s struggles in defence.
But having seen some of Liverpool’s most experienced defenders putting in a series of woeful performances in recent months, these changes may turn out to be a masterstroke.