Ragnar Klavan says that teamwork is key in improving Liverpool's defensive fortunes

Freddie Young
90Min

Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan believes that teamwork is key to improving the Reds' defensive fortunes, report Liverpool 's official website.

While Jurgen Klopp's side are the Premier League's highest scorers this season, after their 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, they have conceded 42 goals, more than any other team in the top seven place in the league.

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Klavan, who missed the 2-1 defeat to the Eagles, feels Liverpool's players must take collective responsibility in their quest to become more solid at the back. The Estonian international is hoping to be fit for Monday's trip to Watford.

The 31-year-old said that: "

It’s not easy to put down to a couple of things, but we have to work together as a team. 

That’s our goal, of course, to not concede any goals in any game, but this is football and everybody has good strikers as well. It’s not so easy to pinpoint exactly what is going on."


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"I think it’s not just one thing, there are multiple things put together that make the whole difference. 

At this level, it can be one moment, just a lack of concentration, and that’s it. In this harsh league, those things get punished straight away and that’s how it is when you play at the highest level.”


In Klavan's last appearance before the injury, Klopp used three at the back which saw his side win 2-1 against Stoke City, and the Estonian doesn't see why the Liverpool boss wouldn't use that formation again before the end of the season.


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He said: "I think for him and for us it’s good to know that we have that option and we can switch on it whenever needed. 


For me, it’s no problem when I play with them or the formation because I’ve played it with my former clubs and my national team as well so it’s not a big difference."


"Before the Stoke match there was not much time, but before that, we had practised it so players do know what they need to do in those moments. 

[It] is really good that the manager and the staff have prepared us for those kinds of situations.”

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