Liverpool's defensive stats against Arsenal were awful

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According to Simon Mignolet, Liverpool's defence was quite alright against Arsenal on Sunday.

Clearly, the Belgian got so caught up in Liverpool's incredible win that he forgot about the three goals he and the defence conceded.

"We defended really well," Mignolet admitted. Right.


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Let's remind ourselves of Sunday's encounter for a moment. Alberto Moreno conceded a penalty and then lost Theo Walcott in the space of 68 seconds. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain squeezed past two defenders before smashing Arsenal's second.

Then, Liverpool conceded from a set-piece. If Mignolet thinks Liverpool's defence played "really well", then there's genuine cause for concern inside Anfield.

In fact, Mignolet had Liverpool's attack to thank for a blistering second-half salvo in which they went 4-1 ahead midway through the second half.

To prove just how nonsensical Mignolet's comment was, the folk at Oulala have analysed Liverpool's defensive stats from their 4-3 win. And they make for grim reading.

Mignolet might want to reassess his view of Liverpool's defence. Jurgen Klopp's team were unstoppable going forward on Sunday but if they are to mount a serious title charge, they need to work on shipping fewer goals.

Left back woes

That all starts with finding a suitable left back. Moreno proved at the Emirates that he isn't good enough yet to play for a title-contender, making the kind of mistakes that have been all-too-common in his Liverpool career.

Klopp has tinkered with James Milner at left back but that's certainly not his preferred position.

The retired England international is set to start in defence against Burnley this weekend but according to the Telegraph, he is upset at Klopp's attempts to change his position.


Liverpool have the players to field a strong defence - Nathaniel Clyne at right back, and Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho (who needs to repair his relationship with Klopp, admittedly), competing to play in centre defence.

Should Klopp solve his defensive problem then the Reds will be ready to challenge for a Premier League title. Philippe Coutinho was outstanding against the Gunners and Sadio Mane looked like he has been a Liverpool player for years.

It's worth remembering too that Klopp introduced Divock Origi in the 76th minute, while Daniel Sturridge didn't even feature. If the 49-year-old can get the best out of either of his strikers, then it's not crazy to think Liverpool's attack can become the most feared in England. 

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