Ragnar Klavan reveals Liverpool focus on this area in training
By Dominic Toner
Ragnar Klavan has revealed that Liverpool have been working a lot on set-pieces during training.
The Reds completed a comfortable 3-0 win over Derby on Tuesday night and Klavan scored his first goal for the club from a corner.
The Derby defence failed to clear a Philippe Coutinho delivery and the ball fell kindly for the defender to give Liverpool the lead.
Coutinho and Divock Origi added second-half goals to complete the victory in the EFL Cup third-round meeting.
Klavan, 30, moved to Anfield in the transfer window and has added some aerial presence in the Liverpool box, alongside fellow summer recruit Joel Matip.
The Estonian defender has revealed that the Reds have been focusing on set-piece drills during their training sessions.
“We work a lot on defensive set-pieces and also offensive ones,” he told the Echo. “Slowly, you can see our defensive ones are getting better and also our offensive ones – we are nicking some goals.”
Liverpool have been in lethal attacking form at the start of the season and scored 19 goals in just seven games.
Jurgen Klopp wants to add a further threat from set-pieces and has a specialist in Coutinho.
The Brazilian scored a remarkable free-kick against Arsenal on the opening day of the season and his cross helped Klavan net his first goal.
Klopp will also be keen for Liverpool to be strong defensively and he still has a decision to make on whether Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius will be his number one goalkeeper.
Liverpool host Hull on Saturday in their next Premier League match and will hope to cause a danger from set-pieces.
In other Liverpool team news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to Loris Karius’ display against Derby.