Matip: Liverpool must improve defence

Liverpool defender Joel Matip believes the club’s defensive frailties are due to the attacking style of play they employ.

The Reds have conceded 40 goals in their 33 Premier League games this season, more than anyone else in the top five, but have also scored the most with 69.

Matip is aware that the Merseysiders have to improve their consistency at the back, but acknowledged it is difficult to keep clean sheets with their tactical system.

“We know that we have to improve our defence,” Matip told Sport Bild. “But it’s also the style of play which makes it difficult in England.

“It’s up and down all the time, and the tactical systems sometimes go to pieces. You are vulnerable, and you especially see that with teams like us who are strong going forward.

“But thank God we also score the most goals.”

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