Matthew Upson explains why Liverpool confused him during their defeat against Crystal Palace
By Amir Mir
Mattew Upson was critical of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for the manner in which he set-up his team during their 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
Former West Ham centre-back Upson stated that he was “confused” by the way Klopp set his team up when defending a corner in the second half which led to the winning goal.
Palace striker Christian Benteke made most of the poor marking as he headed home his second goal of the afternoon and more crucially all three points for his relegation-threatened team.
It was the 42nd goal that the Reds had conceded during this campaign as their inability to defend from set-pieces was once again exploited.
When speaking on Match of the Day 2, which aired on Sunday evening on BBC One, Upson explained what the problem was with the home teams defending.
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“When you look at the goal,” Upson told Match of the Day 2. “It’s a pretty confusing set-up to start with.
“It’s not the tidiest of zonal lines,” Upson added, at this moment a small clip of Liverpool’s marking from a corner is shown. “Really, they need to understand what zone each player is taking, it’s a little bit scruffy.”
The defeat against Palace could prove to be costly for the Reds, who are hoping to secure a Champions League place at the end of the season.
At this moment in time, they are third in the table on 66 points from their 34 matches, but they have played two games more than fifth-placed Manchester United, who are on 63 points.
From all the teams in the top seven, Klopp’s side have shipped the most goals (42), with second-placed Tottenham (22) boasting the best defensive record in the league.
In other Liverpool news, fans rage on Twitter at Christian Benteke’s brace against his former club.