Liverpool needs to tighten up defense to keep Champions League dream alive
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has thrown a warning at his side’s defense suggesting that it must improve in order to secure a Champions League berth. The Belgian shot-stopper insists Liverpool must tighten up their defense if the Reds want to play in Europe next season.
Goals have not been a problem for Liverpool so far this season. As a matter of fact Liverpool are currently the leading goal-scoring side in the Premier League with 70 goals. The Reds have been in amazing form this season, especially when they have been attacking, but their defense tells a completely different story.
Liverpool are placed fourth on the Premier League table and are enjoying a six-point cushion over fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but they have conceded 35 goals, which is more than any team in the top half of the table except for Newcastle United.
A 4-3 victory over Swansea City last Sunday was a perfect example of Liverpool’s brilliant attack and failing defense. The Reds are on course to reach the Champions League for the first time since 2009, but defensive frailties could see them fall for a major setback in the Premier League campaign.
Liverpool’s primary three center backs Daniel Agger, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel have proven that they are prone to errors. All three of them have somehow played a role in the embarrassing goals Liverpool has conceded in the past couple of games.
Mignolet, has shown potential of a rising star after his nine million pound move from Sunderland last summer, but the Belgium international has managed to keep only four clean sheets in his last 24 games. Mignolet feels Liverpool’s defense should improve in order to give an overall boost to his side’s form.
“It wasn’t easy, but we scored four goals and it was a very important win for us,” Mignolet told the Liverpool Echo. “The objective going into every game is to win and we did that. Obviously, it’s easier to do that if you are not conceding goals and we know we need to be tighter and not concede so many.”
Liverpool will travel to play against Southampton this Saturday. The Reds are only four points behind the Premier League leaders Chelsea, yet there is no title talk going on in the Liverpool camp.
“We are in a good position at the moment but with 11 games to go there are still a lot of things that can happen,” Mignolet added. “We just need to try to get as much as we can out of all the games we have left. We need to stay calm and just focus on our next game at Southampton.”