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Mølby: Liverpool Don’t Have Enough Defensive Knowhow

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The equaliser from Bournemouth is proof of that, says former Red.

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Jürgen Klopp nearly vomited after the second goal from Bournemouth, and who can blame him? Klopp acknowledged that the game was left wide open after Liverpool scored its second, and took on responsibility for everything that went wrong. He also said he’d be looking for solutions.

Former Red and current Echo columnist, Jan Mølby has a few specific critiques to add to that (and maybe a few suggestions for what Klopp could do).

“Liverpool just don’t have the personnel to shut games down. They don’t have enough defensive knowhow,” he wrote in his Echo column. “That cost them two valuable points at Anfield on Wednesday night when they allowed Bournemouth to grab a late equaliser.”

The equaliser, for anyone that hasn’t seen it, makes for grim viewing.

Mølby believes that part of the problem was Klopp switching to three at the back after he took Coutinho off.

“What I will say is that where playing a back three suits a team like Chelsea, I’m not sure it works for Liverpool. But to be honest, whether you play three at the back or six at the back, it doesn’t excuse what happened with Bournemouth’s equaliser. There was a real lack of concentration from a long throw.”

Liverpool take on Stoke this coming Saturday and Mølby firmly believes they will try to ‘bully’ Liverpool at Britannia Stadium.

“[Liverpool] have to be ready. We need to be alert, aggressive and positive from the start - don’t give [Stoke] any encouragement.”