English Premiership

Klopp sick of set-piece criticism

Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp has expressed his frustration at continually being asked about Liverpool's apparent frailties from set-pieces.

The Reds were in complete control of their Premier League clash with West Brom at Anfield on Saturday, where Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho netted first-half goals.

Gareth McAuley, though, ensured a tense finish to the game after scoring from a corner with 81 minutes on the clock after some less-than-impressive defending.

Klopp, who says he is well aware of his side's perceived problems, is starting to lose respect over the issue.

After the match, he said: "I've heard this a few times and I lose respect when people say this. It's not important because I don’t have to respect everybody and you can say what you want but I cannot say more.

"I am not interested. I'm the first who knows about it and we work on it. I’m the coach of this team. I'm pretty close to them. I see all the games from a quite good perspective. I understand all of this and we will see at the end.

"If people say we have some issues with set pieces, how can I say they are wrong? I think 70-80% of the goals we have conceded are from set pieces.

"But they are all different and we are still working on it and we defended against Manchester United brilliantly. Against West Brom it was so difficult but we have no defensive problem."