Liverpool's defence seems weak heading into the new season

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Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is known to adopt a free flowing brand of football, something that excites the fans and keeps the energy level of the game high. 

Similar to what the German manager achieved at former club Borussia Dortmund, he has managed to bring a similar electrifying feel to the team's play at Anfield, complimented by the raging atmosphere inside the stadium. 

His focus on the attacking aspects of the game, however, has left the Reds' defence looking rather weak. 


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Liverpool's failure to secure a Champions League birth in the last two seasons is mainly due to their average displays in defence, an area that needs much improvement. 

Furthermore, the departures of Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel during this summer have left a void at the heart of the defence, which the current contingency of players are not capable of completely filling. 

Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho are the club's primary centre-backs heading into the new campaign, both of whom have delivered shaky performances in defence at Anfield over the past two seasons. 

The team's impressive run to the final of the Europa League during the previous campaign witnessed some inspired performances from the pair, especially in the scintillating encounter with Dortmund in the quarter-finals. However, the duo were largely mediocre throughout the rest of the campaign, which brings into question the club's lack of quality at the back. 

One of the team's weakest links is at left-back, with the Spaniard Alberto Moreno taking up that position.

The former Sevilla man is a bonus to the team when it comes to attacking play down the left flank, but, the 24-year-old has often seen to suffer while tracking back and while defending in general. 

Nathaniel Clyne at right-back has been the standout performer for the Reds in defence, providing a solid presence at the back as well as providing crucial support in attack. 

Despite the talent offered by Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, the 28-year-old has not been wholly reliable for the team, forcing the manager to bring in German international Loris Karius into the squad to deputise for the former Sunderland stopper. 

The addition of central defenders, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan, will bring relief to an otherwise underwhelming back four, but it may not be enough to sustain a strong defence in order to push for a Champions League spot, much less contend for the title. 

In the recent friendly against Chelsea, Liverpool's susceptibility to aerial attacks was exposed, as Gary Cahill jumped highest to beat three Reds defenders to head home the only goal of the game in a tight and cagey affair. 

The Blues were not particularly threatening in attack during the game, but seemed likely to cause damage to Liverpool's defence whenever they sprung a counter-attack. 

A central defence pairing of Klavan and Lovren seemed less than convincing, committing silly fouls and providing a less than commanding presence at the back. 

As the transfer window nears it's end, there is little time for Klopp to reinforce the defence further, therefore, unless the manager is able to somehow encourage the defence to play beyond expectations, the club could be in for yet another lackluster season in the league, despite the glittering talent on show in midfield and attack. 

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