Kevin Keegan makes bizarre claim in debate about Liverpool defence
By Danny Wright
Ex-England manager Kevin Keegan has bizarrely claimed that Liverpool aren’t the only top Premier League side with a poor defence.
Keegan believes that Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea also have a weak backline, even though the three of them put together have still conceded less league goals than Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool currently sit seventh in the Premier League standings after seven games, with a goals against record of 12 – a tally which is only lower than two other sides in the whole division, one of which being the hapless Crystal Palace.
Man City and Man United sit level on points at the top of the league, having only shipped two goals each while Chelsea have conceded just six, meaning their defensive records are among the best, if not the best, in the top-flight.
However former Liverpool player Keegan has brushed off claims that his old side have one of the worst defences in the Premier League with the issue becoming quite the debate among pundits and fans.
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“There are a lot of teams in the Premier League struggling in defence,” he said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
He added: “I don’t think Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea are great defensively. It’s not just a Liverpool problem.”
Despite already having a strong attack, Klopp decided against buying a new centre-back in the summer with the only signing he made in his backline being attacking full-back Andrew Robertson.
Virgil van Dijk was linked with a move to Anfield all summer after handing in a transfer request at Southampton, but nothing materialsed, leaving Klopp to continue to rely upon Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragner Klavan to marshal the centre-back area.
In other Liverpool news, Rickie Lambert has claimed he fell out of love with football at Anfield.