Coutinho speaks out on Liverpool’s defensive woes

Coutinho speaks out on Liverpool’s defensive woes

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has admitted the faults with his side’s defence are down to the entire team, and that changes must be made to improve errors as soon as possible.

The Red’s have conceded 16 goals in their first 9 Premier League games, and have often been at the forefront of defensive criticism from pundits and fans alike.

Title rivals City and Spurs smashed 9 of those goals past Klopp’s men, and many are already suggesting that Liverpool are out of the title race already. But Coutinho has called for calm about the situation, saying they must work as a team to avoid any more defensive mishaps.

“It’s not just about the defence, it’s about the whole team,” he said.

“The first goal started out wide when everyone was involved in defending, not just the wingers or full-backs.

“We have to improve this as quickly as possible in order to win games.

“In more difficult games, like the Tottenham match, that’s what decides results. It’s those challenges that can make the difference so you have to be more attentive.

“I think they were goals that could have been avoided – they ended up being silly goals.

“To concede in the first four minutes unsettled us all, then the next goal came after 12 minutes. It’s really hard against a strong team when you start like that.

“I think what we have to do is work hard at dead-ball situations and on balls from the flanks.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]