Football: Stand up and be counted, Klopp tells Liverpool after 4-1 thrashing by Spurs

"You don't have to talk about quality. If they don't have quality, they would not be involved in the Liverpool squad, 100 per cent", said Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp.
"You don't have to talk about quality. If they don't have quality, they would not be involved in the Liverpool squad, 100 per cent", said Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Jurgen Klopp pledged to "fix" his Liverpool team's chronic defensive problems after a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur left them 12 points adrift in the Premier League title race.

Spurs exploited abject Liverpool defending throughout Sunday's game at Wembley, with Harry Kane scoring twice as Mauricio Pochettino's men moved level on points with second-place Manchester United.

Liverpool have now conceded 16 league goals - their worst statistics at this stage of a season since 1964 - and Klopp said his team could forget about climbing the table until they sort things out at the back.

"We don't have to talk about top four today. We are ninth," said the Liverpool manager. "We have the worst statistics since 1964. I can't believe it. We are where we are, so we deserve that.

"We have to prove we are better defenders than we showed today.

"We had three unbelievable big scoresheets with Watford (3-3), (Manchester) City (5-0) and today. That alone is 12 goals we have conceded. That's crazy.

"You don't have to talk about quality. If they don't have quality, they would not be involved in the Liverpool squad, 100 per cent.

"The only way to fix it is to stay strong and to work on it. I cannot fix it here, but we will fix it.

"It's an open race if you want - who shows me that he wants to play, who shows me that he's ready to show a reaction.

"We have to show a reaction. We have no right (to do anything else)."